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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In 2015, the workers at two B&H warehouses in Bushwick and in the Brooklyn Navy Yard had enough with facing discrimination on the job, working in unsafe conditions and spending long hours at work. They decided to do something about it. They decided to form a union.
This week, staff at MTV News announced efforts to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East. Per the Guild, more than 80 percent of the staff has signed cards to join the union.
Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, released the following statement regarding Transport Workers Union Local 100's tentative contract agreement:
Support our 700 brothers and sisters on strike in Waterford, NY. They've been walking the line for good jobs in their community since November 2.
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On Tuesday, Novermber 29, we stood with fast food workers, Uber drivers, higher education employees, and airport workers to fight to increase wages for working people.
Workers at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City have been on strike since July 1. Join these workers in Atlantic City to show your support and stand up for good wages and benefits!