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 24, 2015 | Press Release

New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez released the following statement regarding the City’s proposal to eliminate competitive examinations in FDNY recruitment:

Aug 12, 2015 | News Story

Please stand in support of Verizon workers in their Fight for a Good Contract and for High Speed Internet For All this Thursday, August 13 at 12pm. CWA members will be holding informational pickets at 5 Verizon central offices throughout Manhattan and the Bronx. 

 

Jul 25

Verizon workers are fighting for good jobs building and servicing FiOS, and properly serving copper network customers.

Jul 22

The final NYS Wage Board Meeting will take place tomorrow at 2:30 pm at 90 Church St.

May 8, 2015 | News Story

23rd annual Letter Carriers Food Drive is this Saturday, May 9

The NALC will conduct its 23rd annual food drive on Saturday, May 9. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

Apr 24, 2015 | News Story

May 1, 2015 | News Story

Every April 28, the Labor Movement takes time to remember workers who have lost their lives on the job.  This year the NYC CLC and NYCOSH were joined by workers from across all industries in the private sector, public sector and building trades. 

Apr 15, 2015 | Press Release

New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding the “Fight for $15” day of action: