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 12

Striking members of the Legal Services Staff Association will hold Community Voices: Save Legal Services on Wednesday, June 12, at 2:00 PM, on the steps of City Hall featuring clients and community organizers who have benefited from civil legal services provided by the striking a

Jun 6

Join the Greater NY Labor-Religion Coalition and the NYC Central Labor Council for breakfast and a discussion on how to engage our members as both workers and people of faith.

 

May 31, 2013 | News Story

On Friday, May 24, 21 Queens “carwasheros,” made history by signing the first ever union contract for carwash workers in New York City.  The carwasheros, members of RWDSU, voted to unionize as a way to protect themselves against wage and tip theft, and as a means of securing a series of raises, s

Jun 12

Join city employees and their community supporters on Wednesday, June 12 at 4:00 PM at City Hall as they demand fair contracts for all and tell the Mayor that workers count and workers vote.

Jun 6

BRING BACK OUR BOOTHS! Thursday June 6th - Day of Action!

The MTA has closed hundreds of subway booths making our transit system less safe. Join workers and & community members in a day of action to BRING BACK OUR BOOTHS!

May 16, 2013 | News Story

Our sisters and brothers who are members of the Legal Services Staff Association, NOLSW, UAW Local 2320 went on strike on the morning of Wednesday, May 15th after working almost a year without a contract.  Despite making historic offers to management to share in the costs of healthcare and forgo

May 14, 2013 | News Story

Last night, in a vote of 82 to 53, the New York State Assembly passed the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act (A1792/S1743).  This

May 11

Tomorrow, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will hold their 21st annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive.  Letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations placed beside customers’ mailboxes.  These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food

May 8, 2013 | News Story

In a historic vote by the New York City Council, Intro 97-A, the New York City Earned Sick Time Act passed by a margin