Thursday, February 08, 2018
TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY TOUTS LAVISH CITY HALL FAMILY LEAVE!!!
Recently, Kansas City Mayor Sly James proudly published a ringing endorsement of what could be the most generous family leave terms offered in the metro.
It's far too easy to play the jealous reactionary on this subject. Instead, think of this missive as inspiration for other employers to follow the Mayor's lead. Decent jobs in Kansas City come close to this kind of worker consideration but most wage slaves suffer under the yolk of ruthless bosses and then, tragically, adopt the same kind of abhorrent attitudes toward any kind of employee benefits.
Like it or not, the pecking order and a great many cultural myths used to drive corporate profits have always created havoc on the American workforce since back in the days when they first stopped youngsters working in factories.
While this kind of opulent policy is an outlier, working stiffs can only hope that it will one day become standard for other jobs without political connections . . . Sadly, this isn't likely at all but a nice daydream now that even the notoriously stern Germans are moving toward a 28-hour work week and higher wages.
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From The Blog Of Mayor Sly James - 25 Years After the Family & Medical Leave Act: Why Every Workplace Should Offer Paid Parental Leave
Money line and description of a policy that is NEARLY UNMATCHED BY ANY PRIVATE EMPLOYER In Kansas City . . .
In 2016, the City introduced our paid parental leave policy, making us among the first cities in the nation to do so . . . The City employs over 4,300 people of different education levels, skill sets, and income levels. For many, unpaid leave wasn’t an option. It was clear to me that in order for the City to talk the talk and walk the walk, I needed to advocate for a paid parental leave policy.
Soon after, I began working with the City Manager’s Office. Our Office of Performance Management surveyed employees about the City’s work culture, and the feedback was fervently in favor of having paid leave. We were soon able to roll out a comprehensive paid leave policy in May 2016, offering employees six weeks, and up to eight in serious circumstances, of paid leave at 100% wage replacement. And this year, I’m proud to report that we’ll be adding a seventh week of paid leave. City employees, who had been unable to take leave before, would now be able to, fostering a culture that put the health of employees and their families first. Our employees are our most valuable asset. When they thrive, the City thrives, and when the City thrives, the Kansas City community thrives.
You decide . . .