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.

More about this issue:

Sep 8

Join us for a Moment of Silence

followed by
Important updates from the WTC Health Program & September 11th Victim Compensation Fund experts

Dr. Michael Crane

Aug 27

Kicking-off a robust member to member phone bank for the 2020 elections, the New York City Central Labor Council will conduct twice-weekly phone bank opportunities for NYC union members to reach out to other union households both in NYC and in battleground states, with shifts every Tuesda

Aug 14, 2020 | Press Release

The New York City Central Labor Council joins in calling on the September 11th Memorial and Museum to reconsider their position and allow the Tribute in Lights to go on as planned.

Sep 10

Join the NYC CLC, affiliates, and community partners as we engage in a Week of Action to support NYC workers.

Jun 18

TODAY, Thursday, June 18th at 5pm, please join the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO for an opportunity for Labor Leaders in NYC to discuss the role of the Labor Movement in the fight for racial, social, and economic justice, and the work that we will continue to do to move forward tog

Jun 18, 2020 | Press Release

Today’s Supreme Court decision confirms that the Trump administration’s effort to strip DACA protections from 700,000 young Americans was not only cruel but illegal.

Jun 15, 2020 | Press Release

“No worker in the U.S. should face discrimination in the workplace because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

With this ruling, millions of workers will finally have protections regardless of who controls their state government.

Jul 20, 2020 | News Story

As NYC continues it's phased reopening, we urge elected officials keep in mind America's Five Economic Essentials:

Keep front-line workers safe and secure. 

Keep workers employed and protect earned pension checks.