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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Wednesday, members of several construction trades unions marched and rallied outside of two worksites run by Boston-based contractor Gilbane.
All across the City workers are standing up against the open shop model citing safety concerns amid a rash of construction worker deaths.
The NYC CLC stood with the GWC-UAW Local 2110 Graduate Workers of Columbia to deliver a letter to the Dean of Columbia University demanding they are given the respect that they have earned through the democratic process.
Mary Harris, more widely known as Mother Jones, was an Irish American schoolteacher and labor organizer who shed light on the plight of child workers in Pennsylvania. At the time children as young as 12 years old were allowed to work.
Is your local prepared for the upcoming Janus decision?
Women's History Month has been recognized in the United States since 1987 but this past Thursday, March 8, we celebrated International Women's Day.
To the workers of all trades who toil in the worst of weather to keep our city up and running as well as those whose work can’t take a snow day, we thank you.
If we hope to maintain a strong membership with ownership of their union after Janus, we have to change our local union practices and cultures. How do we keep our membership high and shift our focus to constant member engagement and development?
The people hired today will shape our movement’s future. We will explore the importance of New Hire orientations in fostering close and on-going relationships with members.