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Proposition B: Paid Parental Leave for City Employees
Proposition B would increase paid parental leave for qualified city government workers.
Why is this on the ballot?
San Francisco’s government workers get 12 weeks of paid parental leave for the birth of a child, or when they adopt or become foster parents. That’s more than any other city government in the country offers, but overall, the U.S. lags behind half the world’s countries, which give at least 14 weeks paid leave, the United Nations reported in 2014.
But before they can use their parental leave, most city workers must exhaust all accrued sick leave, leaving them vulnerable if illness strikes afterward.
And if a child has two parents who both work for the city, the parents have to split the 12-week leave.
What would it do?
If passed, under Proposition B, a charter amendment, city workers — married, domestic and single parents — could tap into parental leave and retain a single week of sick leave. And city-employed couples would no longer have to split their leave.
Is there a catch?
Proposition B would primarily benefit couples who work for the city. Together, they would double their leave time. Parents who did not have a city-employed partner, would only see a net gain of one week of paid leave — the sick time they would no longer be forced to use for paternal leave. To qualify in the first place, people would need to have worked about 20 hours per week for at least the preceding six months, though certain workers would need to have been employed for at least a year.
Would it increase the cost of government?
Proposition B would cost between $570,000 and $1.1 million per year, based on the city controller’s estimates. This would cover the additional weeks of paid leave, as well as the cost of workers who would fill in for the absent city staff.
Who officially proposed it?
Supervisor Katy Tang. The full Board of Supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee also endorsed the measure.
Who officially opposes it?
Terence Faulkner, the former chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party. He is writing the opposing argument to this and three other measures in the election booklet.
Follow the money
View all filing activity supporting or opposing this proposition.
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2015 Nonpartisan Election Guide
All told, hundreds of millions of taxpayers dollars are on the line on the November 2015 ballot. And if this year mirrors previous off-year elections, then a minority of San Franciscans will decide the outcome. Stay tuned. A lot is at stake.
For the full guide: sfpublicpress.org/election2015
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