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 2, 2022 | News Story

Writers Guild of America, East members at Hearst Media and supporters including the NYC CLC rallied in front of Hearst Tower on Monday night, demanding that the company stop stalling and agree to a fair first contract.

Dec 2, 2022 | News Story

Rain or shine, NYSNA members are always ready to fight for safe staffing! On Wednesday, nurses and allies including the NYC CLC rallied on the steps of City Hall and testified at a City Council oversight hearing on the state of nursing.

Dec 2, 2022 | News Story

1700 part-time faculty members at The New School, members of UAW Local 7902, are still on strike demanding a contract that provides real raises, expanded health coverage, greater job security, more input into curricula, and real recourse against harassment and discrimination.

Dec 2, 2022 | News Story

Union members at HarperCollins, one of the largest publishers in the country, are beginning the fourth week of their strike, which began on November 10th after a drawn out negotiation process, with workers asking for higher wages, stronger commitments to diversifying staff and better family leave

Dec 2, 2022 | News Story

Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers working in live theatre, and The Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway industry, have reached a new, three-year collective bargaining agreement for the Pr

Dec 2, 2022 | News Story

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Nov 18, 2022 | News Story

1700 part-time faculty members at The New School, members of UAW Local 7902, went on strike Wednesday, demanding a contract that provides real raises, expanded health coverage, greater job security, more input into curricula, and real recourse against harassment and discrimination.

Nov 18, 2022 | News Story

Union members at HarperCollins, one of the largest publishers in the country, are beginning the second week of their strike, which began last Thursday after a drawn out negotiation process, with workers asking for higher wages, stronger commitments to diversifying staff and better family leave.

Nov 18, 2022 | News Story

Starbucks Workers who are members of Starbucks Workers United/Workers United NY NJ at the NYC Roastery in Chelsea are in their third week on strike after they walked out over health and safety issues at the location.

Nov 18, 2022 | News Story

Broadway's Actors and Stage Managers took to the streets last night to rally for a fair contract from their employers. Actors' Equity Association has been at the bargaining table with The Broadway League since September.