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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Sep 3, 2021 | News Story

Brooklyn Borough President and Democratic Mayoral nominee Eric Adams joined Laborers Local 79 recently for a Laborers Fight Back rally in the Bronx, sending a clear message that we need good jobs in our communities.

Sep 3, 2021 | News Story

In another positive momentum driver for NY’s offshore wind development, the Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) announced the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environment Impact Statement (EIS) of the Sunrise Wind project.

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Dr. Michael Crane

Medical Director, World Trade Center Health Program, Clinical Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai

Aug 27, 2021 | News Story

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down both the New York State and CDC Eviction Moratoriums. This means that tenants who filed hardship declarations are no longer protected and landlords can now ask the court for the necessary permission needed to evict.

Aug 27, 2021 | News Story

The AFL-CIO Executive Council last Friday elected Liz Shuler to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation.

Aug 27, 2021 | News Story

The ballots are in at MSNBC, and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has counted them: 141 editorial staffers at MSNBC voted to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) for the purpose of collective bargaining; 58 people voted no.

Aug 27, 2021 | News Story

Yesterday, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) announced that workers at Greenlight Bookstores and Yours Truly stationery stores have won recognition for their union.

Aug 27, 2021 | News Story

The musicians of the Met Orchestra, members of AFM Local 802, have overwhelmingly ratified their contract with the Metropolitan Opera, clearing the path for its musicians to return to work and for the company, the largest performing arts organization in the nation, to resume performances next mon

Aug 27, 2021 | News Story

The labor union representing more than 350 New York City Council aides has officially been approved by the city, paving the way for the Association of Legislative Employees, which is now the country's largest legislative staff union, to collectively bargain with the City Council.

Aug 20, 2021 | Press Release

Congratulations to Liz Shuler, who has just made history by taking her place as the AFL-CIO’s first female President.