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 24, 2016 | News Story

The NYC Central Labor Council has launched a new photo campaign, celebrating NYC’s rich union heritage. Our labor movement is comprised of working men and women from all industries and backgrounds, and our hard work and dedication help to make our city the greatest in the world.

Jun 17, 2016 | News Story

Today, CWA announced that the roughly 40,000 union members along the East Coast who had been on strike for 49 days have ratified new contracts.

Jun 10, 2016 | News Story

The NewsGuild of New York, CWA recently launched a new “What El Diario Means to Me” campaign, to highlight the importance of the hometown paper. El Diario is the nation’s oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper, and many New Yorkers utilize the paper as an important source of local news.

Jun 15

 

Join the workers at Con Edison, members of UWUA Local 1-2, as they call for a fair contract!

 

 

Jun 2

 

Join RWDSU and Macy’s workers, Members of RWDSU Local 1-S, as they rally for a new contract.

Macy’s has been making demands that would limit workers’ pay and weaken benefits. It’s time to stand with these workers against corporate greed!

 

May 27, 2016 | News Story

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing labor dispute at Verizon:

May 25

Mobilize your members to picket a Verizon store or location for 2-3 hours, 1-2 times per week, through the end of June.

May 21

40,000 men and women at Verizon and Verizon Wireless are still on strike, standing up to rich & powerful interests to make sure the needs of working families are met.

May 5

40,000 men and women are still on strike at Verizon and Verizon Wireless determined to fight for as long as it takes to protect good jobs.