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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Dec 1, 2017 | News Story

With their union contract recently expired, CUNY faculty and staff represented by the Professional Staff Congress will press CUNY management to come to the table and negotiate an agreement that protects the quality of a CUNY education and helps students to succeed.

Dec 1, 2017 | News Story

This week,  hundreds of Legal Aid Society and Brooklyn Legal Services attorneys walked out of Brooklyn Criminal Court to protest Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention of Legal Aid client Genaro Rojas-Hernandez.

Dec 1, 2017 | News Story

This week, 20 school safety agents - members of Teamsters Local 237, received Excellent Performance of Duty awards for being among the first on the scene to help save lives and restore calm following the October 31st attack in Battery Park City.

Dec 1, 2017 | News Story

This week, Local 802  launched the Emerging Artists Project, a new grant program and tool designed to support musicians who most need it.

Dec 1, 2017 | News Story

Dear Affiliates:

Thank you for all you’ve done this year for our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico.

Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

Today, the Worker Institute at Cornell and the Murphy Institute convened a conference entitled “Janus and Beyond: The Future of Public Sector Unions” to address attacks on labor, and how we keep members engaged.  

Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

Last year, the Bakery, Confectionary,Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) called for a boycott of Mexican-made Nabisco products, in protest of Mondelez’s (the parent company to Nabisco) policy of outsourcing of U.S. based, union-made products (Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Ritz) to Mexico.

Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  This year and every year, be sure to purchase union-made products as you shop at union grocery stores.

Nov 17

Join union leaders, scholars, and activists for a one-day conference to discuss the implications of the Janus v. AFSCME case for workers and organized labor, possible immediate outcomes, and strategic options for combatting the attack on public sector unionism.