Despite UFT leadership's claim that they negotiated a great deal with the City on parental leave for its members, the truth is that the City get the better deal as the UFT was forced to self fund the parental leave cost by extending the contract 73 days which effectively meant a 0% raise for almost three months. In addition, the City made out in other ways.
UFT members who took parental leave found out that the six weeks under parental leave IS NOT PENSIONABLE! That's right, the six weeks are subtracted from the 52 weeks or 12% of the annual salary is not included for that year in the Final Average Salary if the UFT member retires or resigns within three years (Tiers III or IV) or five years (Tier VI) of taking parental leave.
Moreover, since the City does not directly pay for parental leave, it comes from the UFT welfare fund which is funded by the City. Consequently, the City does not have to include the UFT member on parental leave on their payroll and therefore it does not need to be included in their budgeting to NYCERS, which saves the city money in the short-term.
Once again City negotiator Bob Linn has outfoxed the inept Michael Mulgrew.