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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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.

Aug 20, 2021 | News Story

Workers at the Brooklyn Museum this week announced that they have officially voted to form a union with UAW Local 2110.

Aug 20, 2021 | News Story

AFM Local 802 was thrilled this week to announce a deal with the Broadway League that will cover Broadway musicians in a safe and equitable way as the industry starts to re-open.

Aug 20, 2021 | News Story

District Council 9 is beginning its recruitment process for Painter, Decorator and Paperhanger apprentices on Tuesday, August 24. The application period runs to through Tuesday, September 7. DC9 is accepting 500 applications for apprenticeship training.

Sep 2, 2021 | News Story

(Updated 9/2/21) Workers at Nabisco facilities in Chicago, Ill.,

Aug 20, 2021 | News Story

Hotel rooms should be cleaned every day. That’s what hotel guests have come to expect and love. But as tourism comes roaring back, Hilton wants to end this standard and eliminate housekeepers’ jobs.

Aug 20, 2021 | News Story

The essential workers at United Metro Energy Corporation in Brooklyn, New York have been on strike since mid-April. The oil terminal workers are fighting for their first union contract after joining Teamsters Local 553 in 2019.