Work and Family

Although the “traditional” family—a father who works outside the home and financially supports the children and a mother whose work is keeping the house and raising the children—has been disappearing for more than a generation, our workplaces and government policies have not kept pace with America’s new reality.

Most children are growing up in homes with both parents working or with single parents. One-third of workers don’t have access to paid sick leave, and only 42 percent have paid personal leave. What’s the impact on public health when working people can’t afford to take sick days during a flu epidemic? Who takes care of a sick child? Who’s home to fix dinner and help with homework? Who can dedicate time to a sick elderly parent?

The recession and jobless recovery have complicated life further for working families, when having to leave work for a family emergency could lead to long-term unemployment.

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Jun 16, 2017 | News Story

Every morning, parents in New York watch their children get on the school bus, entrusting their safety to bus drivers, attendants, and mechanics. These workers have the responsibility of maintaining a secure and safe environment.

Jun 16, 2017 | News Story

This week, the NYC CLC announced Workers United, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Edgar Romney as our 2017 Labor Day Parade Grand Marshal, and IATSE Local One President/IATSE VP James J. Claffey, Jr. as our Parade Chair.

Jun 28

Join Toxic Free NYC for a town hall on mold and what New York City can do to protect tenants and combat this hazardous micro-organism!

Jun 28

The New York City Chapter of the Alliance for Retired Americans, the NYC Department for the Aging, and JASA

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Jun 9, 2017 | News Story

This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio lent his voice to the cause of 1,800 workers who have been out on strike since March 28. These members of IBEW Local 3 work as service technicians, engineers, and warehouse workers for Charter/Spectrum.

May 19, 2017 | News Story

On Tuesday, May 16, the New York City District Council of Carpenters teamed up with the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters for their annual NY State lobby day.

May 19, 2017 | News Story

District Council 37 AFSCME joined with advocacy group “Invest in Libraries,” and supportive elected officials on City Hall’s steps on Friday to call for City Hall funding for seven-day service and capital projects.

May 12, 2017 | News Story

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