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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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.

May 5

Save the Date! Join us for a May 5 National Day of Action to fight for good jobs at Verizon and Verizon Wireless.

We'll be back in touch soon with more information about actions at Verizon Wireless stores near you and how you can join the fight online.

Apr 29, 2016 | News Story

On Thursday, April 28th we joined with the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) and the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) Local One to remember all workers who died on the job in 2015.

May 14

The 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive
—Saturday, May 14, 2016—

Apr 22, 2016 | News Story

On Saturday, April 16th thousands of members of District Council 9 IUPAT gave back to local communities by helping to refinish facilities owned and operated by not for profit organizations throughout the State.

Apr 18

Please join Verizon and Verizon Wireless workers ON STRIKE fighting to protect good jobs.

MONDAY APRIL 18 - 10:30AM
230 West 36th St, NYC
(Verizon central office)