Better paid maternity leave for our members:
UFT Solidarity believes in planned parenthood, but not in having to plan for a birth in June, just so the mother can have time with her child during the summer. We always hear of teachers who have to use their Cumulative Absence Reserve (CAR) days while caring for a newborn only to rush back to work. Paternity leave is virtually nonexistent.
Compared to other developed nations, America’s stance is stark: the UK guarantees 39 weeks of paid leave for mothers, two of which are mandatory. Australia offers 18 weeks. And Mexico, the US’s neighbor to the south, gives mothers 12 weeks of paid leave, reimbursed at 100% of their salary. (Read more here: The US is still the only developed country that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave)
UFT Solidarity plans to work with our employer, our own UFT Welfare Fund and the NYC Municipal Labor Coalition to combat this issue that puts money before families.
“We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances,” said Tawni Cranz, Netflix’s Chief Talent Officer, in a statement.