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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Nov 3, 2017 | News Story

This week, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other top labor leaders joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and other top party leaders to introduce the “Better Deal” platform, a series of pro-labor reforms.

Nov 3, 2017 | News Story

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Nov 3, 2017 | News Story

Boycott Hilton Albany Hotel! Sign On to a Letter of Support in Solidarity with Hotel Trades Council Workers

Oct 20, 2017 | News Story

On Monday, District Council 37 AFSCME Executive Director Henry Garrido participated in an Oxford-style debate, to educate listeners of the dangers of a New York State Constitutional Convention.

Oct 25

Now more than ever, communities of color are under constant attack, and we can’t afford to put our livelihood at further risk.

Oct 24

Now more than ever, communities of color are under constant attack, and we can’t afford to put our livelihood at further risk.

Oct 30

Join members of IBEW Local 3 as they take their contract fight with Charter/Spectrum to the streets!


Oct 6, 2017 | News Story

This week, the labor movement demonstrated what union solidarity is all about. More than 300 union members boarded a flight in Newark, New Jersey headed for San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Oct 10, 2017 | News Story

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