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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Aug 16, 2013 | News Story

The American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO (APWU) is asking for support on three pieces of legislation that are key to standing against the threats to the Postal Service.  The Postal Service Protection Act (S-316/H.R.

Aug 13, 2013 | Press Release

The New York City Central Labor Council, along with the National AFL-CIO, NYS AFL-CIO and Organizing 2.0, will offer a day of trainings on digital strategies and online communications.  These courses will take place on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 9:30am to 5:00pm at 275 Seven

Aug 9, 2013 | News Story

Last year, workers and community activists staged a seven-month-long boycott of the store, and a federal lawsuit, which resulted in Kim agreeing to pay 12 workers roughly $95,000 in withheld overtime pay.  This latest call for a boycott comes as a result of stalled negotiations between Kim and ne

Aug 8, 2013 | News Story

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Affiliation of UFCW

August 8, 2013

Aug 21

The New York City Central Labor Council, along with the National AFL-CIO and Organizing 2.0, will offer a day of trainings on digital strategies and online communications.  These courses will take place on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 9:30am to 5:00pm at 275 Seventh Avenue on the 16th Floor.

Aug 1, 2013 | News Story

Last Friday, fast food workers gathered near a Bushwick Domino’s to protest the firing of delivery driver Gregory Reynoso.

Aug 1, 2013 | News Story

On Friday, July 26, over 100 Home Care workers with 1199 SEIU, gathered with public officials for a speak-out and rally outside of Accent Care’s Bronx office.

Jul 26

1199 SEIU HOME HEALTH AIDES TO RALLY FOR SICK DAYS, AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE

Jul 29

Join Fast Food Forward members and supporters as they rally to support fast food workers walking off the job in protest of low-wages, a lack of benefits, and workplace respect.  Se below for a schedule of actions around the city.

Morning Action