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9-20-2017
New York Post: City took away raises, vacation days to pay for new parental leave policy

City took away raises, vacation days to pay for new parental leave policy
  City took away raises, vacation days to pay for new parental leavepolicy
 

City managerial employees gave up more than they got back under Mayor de Blasio’s paid parental leave policy — which netted the city $5.8 million in its first year, a new analysis found.

The mayor initiated a program by executive order in December 2015 that gave non-union municipal workers 30 days of paid leave at full salary.

But to pay for the program, the city rescinded a 0.47 percent raise for managers scheduled for July 2017.

Employees with more than 15 years of city employment also lost 2 of their 27 days of vacation.

In the first year of the program, only 230 employees took advantage of the offer — at a cost of $2.4 million, according to the city’s Independent Budget Office.

But the salary and vacation hits added up to $8.2 million — producing a net gain for the city while irking reps for the municipal managers.

“It’s what we thought was going to happen – they took away too much,” said Stuart Eber, president of the New York City Management Employees Association.

His group filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the de Blasio administration over the program — which Eber said took away vacation days largely from older employees, to pay for benefits largely used by younger ones.

The IBO report found that the average age for workers who lost vacation days was 55.

The average age of workers who used parental leave was 37.



  
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