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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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.

Feb 20

Teachers at Kaplan and writers at Scholastic, represented
by the Newspaper Guild of New York (CWA Local 31003), are fighting for fair contracts and they need your help!

at Kaplan:

Feb 10, 2014 | Press Release

New York – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, President Vincent Alvarez today applauded Rep.

Feb 10, 2014 | Press Release

New York – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding NY GOP Senate Leader Dean Skelos’ refusal to allow a vote on the City’s Universal Pre-K tax plan:

Feb 10, 2014 | Press Release

Highlights Recognition of Public Employees, Need for Higher Wages, and Reduction of Income Disparities

Feb 1

This coming Saturday, February 1st, the workers and their allies will be rallying at 1199 SEIU on West 43rd Street at 1 pm to celebrate the tenacity and determination of these 300 Brooklyn Cablevision technicians to win a fair collective bargaining agreement. 

Jan 21, 2014 | News Story

On Monday, airport employees and contracted passenger service workers gathered in Queens on 94th Street and Ditmars Blvd. Bridge near LaGuardia Airport to commemorate the life and spirit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an afternoon protest against low wages and poor work conditions.