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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Apr 20, 2018 | News Story

On Tuesday, more than 5,000 flight attendants employed by JetBlue voted 2,661 to 1,387 to join the Transport Workers Union. The results were released by the National Mediation Board, which oversaw the electronic balloting.

Apr 20, 2018 | News Story

32BJ SEIU’s bargaining committee and the Realty Advisory Board reached a tentative agreement last Friday that would provide 11.3% raises over four years, maintain health care, increase funding for training and retirement benefits and added protections against harassment.

Apr 20, 2018 | News Story

After over three years of legal delays by the Columbia University administration, a majority of 3,000 research and teaching assistants have voted 93% (1832 to 136) to authorize their bargaining committee to call a strike.

Apr 20, 2018 | News Story

A decision in the Janus Case is Coming Soon. Regardless of the Supreme Court decision, we must stand united and make it clear that no court case can stand in the way of our fight for the good, union jobs our families, communities, and country needs.

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Apr 13, 2018 | News Story

Last night, the New York City Labor Movement came together to honor several leaders whom have had great impact on the lives of working people.

Apr 13, 2018 | News Story

The Justice for Farmworkers Campaign has been working towards the passage of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act (

Apr 4, 2018 | News Story

On Wednesday, April 4, the Labor Movement across New York City and the United States paid respect to the life & legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Apr 6, 2018 | News Story

This week, ten thousand members of New York City Building Trades unions took over 7th Avenue to call out greedy developers and their efforts to undermine unionized construction in New York City.

Apr 17, 2018 | Press Release

New York, NY – Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, released the following statement regarding today’s Transport Workers Union JetBlue unionization election victory: