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 19, 2014 | News Story

Yesterday, in an overwhelming show of approval for their new agreement, the rank-and-file members of TWU Local 100 have ratified their new contract.  82% of the Local 100

May 20, 2014 | News Story

Each year, New York spends $7 billion of your money on corporate tax subsidies in the name of job creation. But too much of this money is wasted on corporations that create no jobs, add poverty wage jobs, or even cut jobs.

May 19

Friday, May 9 – Monday, May 19

The Workers Unite Film Festival is a celebration of Labor through film.

Please click here for more information and to view the full schedule of screenings.

May 10

The 22nd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is being held on Saturday, May 10. Across the United States, Letter Carriers will be picking up your donations of non-perishable food to distribute to local food banks and community charity organizations.

May 10, 2014 | News Story

The 22nd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is being held on Saturday, May 10.

May 2, 2014 | News Story

Yesterday, thousands of union members and community groups converged on City Hall Park to speak out for fair wages and contracts, safe jobs and comprehensive immigration reform. 

May 14

Worker cooperatives present a democratic alternative to traditional worker/owner relationships.  Join the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies on May 14th at the steps of City Hall to call on elected officials to

May 14

The new administration came to office promising a new, progressive agenda for New York City. But what can occupational safety and health advocates really  expect from Mayor de Blasio?   What issues do workers want to see addressed?

Apr 25, 2014 | News Story

On Monday, April 20th hundreds of Build Up NYC members and supporters gathered at Brooklyn Borough Hall to call for the creation and protection of good jobs, and the maintenance of park space for residents.

Apr 22

Build Brooklyn Bridge Park &
Watchtower Properties responsibly!

Tuesday, April 22 at 3:30pm
 
Take the R, 2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Borough Hall/Court Street stop.

@buildupnyc