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:

Oct 23

The New York City Central Labor Council, the New York Union Child Care Coalition, the Consortium for Worker Education and the United Federation of Teachers invite you to a panel discussion:

MEMBER SERVICES AND BEYOND: Census, Child Care and Rank-and-File Services

Aug 30, 2019 | News Story

As we prepare to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Labor Day as a federal holiday, it's important to reflect on who we are as working people, what we’ve achieved together, and the challenges that lie ahead.

Aug 29, 2019 | News Story

2019 NYC Labor Day Parade Chair Ernest Logan worked in NYC public schools for nearly 25 years before joining the staff of the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators in 1997 as a field service representative.

Aug 20, 2019 | News Story

As a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism, Elizabeth (Liz) Shuler, like many young people today, pieced together part-time jobs, lived at home and struggled to find decent work in the early 1990s.

Sep 29

The NYC CLC has partnered with Labor 411 and the NY Mets to offer tickets to the last game of the regular season. Group rates are subject to a great discount and come with several perks for ticket purchases!

May 29

As we continue to settle contracts in New York City, it's important that we keep the pressure on those facilities that haven't achieved an agreement yet. Our next stop is Queens, where members are picketing on May 29th to get management to commit to providing enforceable staffing provisions.

Apr 26, 2019 | Press Release

Contact: Kate Whalen, kwhalen@nycclc.org, 347-453-7131
            

Mar 29, 2019 | News Story

On Monday, hundreds joined Workers United/SEIU (ILGWU) for the commemoration of the 108th anniversary of the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire, a pivotal event in US history and a turning point in labor’s struggle to achieve fair wages, dignity at work and safe working conditions.

Apr 17, 2019 | Press Release

The New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, strongly supports the passage of Int. No.