|Emily James and Susan Hibdon|
Emily James and her 80,000 supporters have been a revelation. When she appeared the UFT executive board meeting a few weeks ago with her colleague Susan Hibdon, which was reported in the mainstream press at Politico - as we reported here - What Emily James Said to Mulgrew at the UFT Ex Bd on Parental Care - she got a response from Mulgrew who seems to be trying to jump on the bandwagon. MORE also wanted to jump on the Emily bandwagon and add the 3000 signatures they gathered last year -- every little bit helps. Emily has proven she is doing fine as is that even though she is not a long-term activist - she has been featured in the press at Chalkbeat, NY1's Lindsay Christ (a former teacher and one of the best ed reporters in the city) also interviewed her (sorry I don't have all links.)
Please read and share with all your co-workers. We made this happen together!
Over 80,000 of you signed our petition to calling on on UFT President Mulgrew to fight for this.
Pres. Mulgrew had been in contact with city officials, but this needs to happen now!
Everyday that goes by is another parent having to use their days, and not getting paid after they run out.
We are planning a DAY OF ACTION for March 8th, which is international women's day. It is a really great chance to get a large group of people together to support paid family leave for UFT members.
If you have ideas or would just like to join in, please contact us at Fight4NYCDOEPaidLeave@gmail
The more help we have, the better our chances for an actual change.
You guys are amazing.
James Eterno has a comprehensive piece on the
ICEUFT Blog: HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER EMILY JAMES MAKES THE CASE FOR PAID MATERNITY LEAVE
Her original petition is here -
|Emily and family (photo by Norm Scott)|
Her op ed appeared in the Sunday Daily News. (Reprinted below the break.)
Emily has send an email to the petition signers asking for those who want to do more than sign the petition to get in touch at this email: Fight4NYCDOEPaidLeave@gmail
Daily News op ed: