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 7, 2018 | News Story

After a two year worker-led campaign by the Independent Drivers Guild, New York City officials voted Tuesday morning to set the nation’s first minimum pay rate for app-based drivers.

Nov 21, 2018 | News Story

After more than 60 bargaining sessions, Student Employees at the New School (SENS-UAW) this week announced that their bargaining committee and the New School administration have reached a tentative agreement on a contract.

Nov 21, 2018 | News Story

In February, Parking Production Assistants voted unanimously to join the Communications Workers of America Local 1101. Since then, CWA and the bargaining committee have been fighting at the bargaining table for a contract.

Nov 21, 2018 | News Story

Josefina Luciano took a hoof to her mouth while working at a Darigold member dairy. The kick broke her jaw, knocked out eleven teeth and left her unconscious. Her desperate co-workers called 911, but didn't know the address of the dairy. Josefina said she almost drowned in her own blood.

Nov 21, 2018 | News Story

Congratulations to the members of District Council 9 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), who collected food donations and raised over $5,000 to feed 375 local families for Thanksgiving!

Nov 16, 2018 | News Story

On Thursday, November 15, the NYC CLC's Executive Board voted unanimously to formalize the CLC's support for postal banking and for protecting public safety and jobs in the age of autonomous vehicles.

Nov 16, 2018 | News Story

District Council 9's John J. Barrett Coat Drive is underway! From now until January 4th, 2019, drop off coats at 45 West 14th Street in Manhattan (DC9 HQ) and 45-13 36th Street in Queens. Call 212-255-2950 for more info.

Nov 16, 2018 | News Story

The IDG Benefits Fund (the sister organization of the Independent Drivers Guild, which represents and advocates for more than 70,000 app-based drivers in New York City) is providing free flu shots for New York’s app-based and black car drivers throughout the month of November.

Nov 30, 2018 | News Story

With a strike deadline looming and on the heels of a decisive postdoctoral researcher vote in favor of unionization last month, the Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW) and Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW (CPW-UAW) have made history by approving a framework agreement with Columbia Univers

Nov 30, 2018 | News Story

The journalists at Mashable and PCMag have joined the wave of digital news outlets aiming to become union shops.