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 9, 2017 | News Story

This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio lent his voice to the cause of 1,800 workers who have been out on strike since March 28. These members of IBEW Local 3 work as service technicians, engineers, and warehouse workers for Charter/Spectrum.

May 19, 2017 | News Story

On Tuesday, May 16, the New York City District Council of Carpenters teamed up with the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters for their annual NY State lobby day.

May 19, 2017 | News Story

District Council 37 AFSCME joined with advocacy group “Invest in Libraries,” and supportive elected officials on City Hall’s steps on Friday to call for City Hall funding for seven-day service and capital projects.

May 12, 2017 | News Story

On Wednesday afternoon,

May 12, 2017 | News Story

We are now four months away from the 2017 NYC Labor Day Parade, and the NYC CLC kicked-off our outreach this week by releasing the highlight video from last year’s parade.Take a minute to check out

May 18

Join IBEW Local 3 members on strike at Spectrum Cable/Charter Communications for a rally to protect their pensions & benefits. Fair Contract NOW!


May 12, 2017 | News Story

On Tuesday, just days after the House passed its disastrous healthcare bill, House Speaker Paul Ryan visited Success Academy on Lenox Ave. in Harlem.

May 12, 2017 | News Story

Charter/Spectrum workers continue to walk the picket line this week. Approximately 1,800 workers walked off the job on March 28 after Charter Communications refused to bargain in good faith, attempting to slash benefits by halting their contributions to workers’ pension and medical plans.