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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Unionized workers at Scholastic – the children’s publishing powerhouse – walked off the job Wednesday in protest of the billion-dollar company’s refusal to pay its workers fair wages, specifically its rejection of the Scholastic Union’s proposal for annual raises.
Workers at the Brooklyn Strategist, a popular board game cafe in Cobble Hill, demanded voluntary union recognition as the Brooklyn Strategist Workers Union, as part of Tabletop Workers United, on Wednesday by confronting owner Jon Freeman with a petition signed by more than 75% of workers.
New York State is about to submit its plan to the Federal Government to spend nearly $1 BILLION on broadband deployment and we need to make sure our recommendations are included in the plan.
It’s been nearly two years since the WGA East began negotiations with MSNBC, but they’re still fighting for a fair first contract. Thus far, MSNBC has refused to agree to fair wages or codify meaningful work-from-home flexibility for its workers.
The General Election is Tuesday, November 7, and early voting is running through Sunday, November 5th!
November 6-November 9: SAG-AFTRA members are still out on the picket lines and need our support, now more than ever!
UAW national negotiators announced on Wednesday that they have reached a tentative agreement with Ford.
On Thursday, AFA-CWA held a Day of Action at airports across the country, including here in NYC at LaGuardia where they were joined in solidarity by supporters including the striking members of SAG-AFTRA.
Musicians of the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, represented by AFM Local 802, have unanimously ratified their first union contract with Distinguished Concerts International New York.
Through November 2: Season 12 of the Workers Unite Film Festival kicks off Friday, October 27th to November 12th. Catch 50-plus films live at Cinema Village theater (22 East 12th St) from 10/27-11/2, with a selection of films available online 11/3-11/10.