Emanuel Wants Maternity Leave For City Workers

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledges his administration is looking at offering paid maternity leave for city workers, for the first time in Chicago history.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, the city does not currently offer any kind of maternity leave – paid or unpaid – to its female employees.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

But Mayor Emanuel says he has asked Human Resources Commissioner Soo Choi to look into offering the benefit, even at a time when the administration is trying to cut costs.

“I don’t think we can afford not to,” Emanuel said. “I think it’s time for Chicago – as it relates to its employment policy – to come into the 21st century.”

The mayor says he wants the city to offer something in line with the private sector, where six weeks’ paid maternity leave is common.

The mayor spoke on the rooftop garden at City Hall, where he announced he is beefing up the World Business Chicago operation, which tries to attract businesses to the city.

  • tom Sharp

    And given the integrity and work ethic displayed by City Hall Patronage workers on this blog 2 or 3 times daily, I’m sure this “Benefit” won’t be abused and exploited.

  • Bob

    Read this morning that a restaurant owner called the City to replace a light bulb in a pole behind his restaurant. A truck with three workers showed up. The driver, who can only drive, the guy in the bucket who actually changed the bulb, and a third guy on the ground as a safety observer. The third guy pulled a folding chair our of the passneger side of the truck and sat down to “watch” the other guy.

    Driver makes $72,000 a year and the other two make $85,000 a year. That equates to approx. $112 per hour, not including benefits, cost of truck, etc.

    if it took a couple of hours to change the bulb, that is $224 of taxpeyer dollars.

    Bottom line, I see know problem giving an expectant mother a few weeks off with pay, as long as you reduce the quarter of a million dollars being paid for these three guys.

  • Curt

    There is such a thing as FMLA that would cover the time off and would not result in a loss of the job, however, to PAY the worker for 12 weeks is unheard of, even in the private sector…….why not let the workers save up thier vacation /sick time like the rest of the country and use that.

  • peacebaby7777

    I hope you realize that the fact that the “rest of the country” not offering paid maternity leave is nothing to be proud of. We’re one of a *handful* of countries that do not offer this, sitting together with Papua New Guinea and Swaziland.

    I would hope, that for all the “family values” rhetoric this country seems to spout off on, we would make it a goal.

  • Larry

    No need for a college education anymore, folks. Just get your GED, make sure you know someone who is connected and off to the City you go to make your $85K changing light bulbs. Then, you get yourself knocked up and collect for free.

    Working for the City is a gold mine.

  • ruhtrho

    didnt take rahm long to bring obama socialism to the heartland.

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