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, 2013 | News Story

The New York City Council has created a unique partnership linking labor unions, community groups and a network of respected workforce providers to mobilize efforts that will benefit job seekers, the under employed and the unemployed New Yorkers.

Jun 19

The Brooklyn healthcare crisis cannot be used as an excuse to allow Wall Street to take over our hospitals. Right now, New York State does not allow for-profit corporations to run hospitals.

Jun 26

Join the CLC and the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) for a forum and panel discussion on a recent OSHA report which showed that non-union construction sites have been accounting for an increasing number of fatalities in New York City.

Jun 15

Nurses and healthcare workers care about the Bed-Stuy community and all of Central Brooklyn, and are proud of our hospital. But years of financial mismanagement have left Interfaith Medical Center (IMC) in a state of crisis.

Jul 10

Blood supply levels throughout New York are continually critically low.

Jun 20

Just six months after Superstorm Sandy, Verizon is turning its back on lower
Manhattan by moving 1,100 workers out of 140 West Street.

Jun 13, 2013 | News Story

On Tuesday, June 12, thousands of City workers rallied at City Hall Park to demand fair contracts.

Jun 14

Fast Food Forward is organizing a rally in support of an extraordinary leader in the fast food organizing campaign, Gregory Reynoso, who was fired from Domino's several weeks ago. He was fired right after he led 18 of his coworkers out on a one-day strike. 

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.