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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Mar 21, 2014 | News Story

A residential contract between SEIU 32BJ and the Realty Advisory Board (RAB) is due to expire on April 20, 2014.  This contract covers 30,000 32BJ members working in over 3,000 different buildings in New York City.  32BJ has been at the bargaining table fighting for fair wages and the protection

Mar 28, 2014 | News Story

Residents at Elmhurst Hospital have voted to join the Council of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU Healthcare)!  Last September, 140 Elmhurst residents petitioned for the right to join the union, in response to the fact that they are paid roughl

Apr 4

Sanitation Workers 1968—Airport Workers 2014

Mar 7, 2014 | News Story

A group of elected officials and their representatives attended Build Up NYC's legislative briefing yesterday to learn about the organization's agenda for 2014 as it continues to promote good jobs and responsible development.

Mar 25

Save the Date!

The 103rd Triangle Factory Fire Commemoration

Mar 3, 2014 | Press Release

Help the NYC CLC celebrate all the contributions that women make to our city's labor movement.

Rosie the Riveter is an iconic image that celebrates the contributions that women make to our workforce, labor movement, and to our nation as a whole.

Mar 8

International Women’s Day
Rally

We’ll meet on York Avenue,
between 68th and 69th Streets

March 8th
10am

Feb 21, 2014 | Press Release

New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding the charge led by 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) to keep Brooklyn’s hospitals open fo

Feb 14, 2014 | Press Release

New York - "As we continue the fight to improve conditions for workers, Paid Sick Leave remains an integral piece in our quest to create a more worker-friendly NYC," said Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.