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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Jul 25

Every year, United Association for Labor Education sponsors four regional “women’s schools.” These residential programs typically last between 4 and 5 days, and include classes and workshops on a variety of union-related topics.

Jun 3, 2022 | News Story

On Wednesday, the NYC CLC hosted our annual labor and civil rights event in the form of a panel discussion centering around how union membership has contributed to narrowing the inequality gap and how it can continue to build solidarity in an effort to create prosperity that is felt by all worker

Jun 3, 2022 | News Story

Wireless tower technicians organizing to form a union with CWA released a powerful video this week describing the struggles faced by workers in the industry and calling on tower climbers, everywhere, to come together, join

Jun 3, 2022 | News Story

At the Committee on Finance Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Hearing on 5/25, Carbon Free and Healthy Schools Campaign Director Tory Kaso and CJNY union members testified before the New York City Council, urging their support for an investment to create thousands of good union jobs and reduce emissions ac

Jun 3, 2022 | News Story

The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills (CSKILLS) is a pre-apprenticeship preparation program that involves classroom instruction and hands-on training.

Jun 3, 2022 | News Story

After losing salary increases and money in their savings accounts during the hardship of a pandemic, Vox Media employees now face record inflation and soaring cost-of-living expenses.

Jun 25

Saturday, June 25, 2-4PM:  This commemoration / celebration in Columbus Park (the location of the 1982 rallies) will include music, dance, children’s activities and veterans speaking about the strike.

May 27, 2022 | News Story

Wednesday, June 1, 6PM: For marginalized communities, institutional barriers continue to exist as it relates to education, healthcare, housing and retirement. Union membership has been a tool for many families looking to break into the middle class.

May 27, 2022 | News Story

Teachers and staff at Blue School held a one-day strike on Tuesday, May 24, after the School, an independent school founded by Blue Man Group in Lower Manhattan, announced that it will refuse to recognize their union. The School’s refusal is in defiance of a bargaining order issued by the NLRB.

May 27, 2022 | News Story

Several dozen Chipotle workers from across New York City rallied with elected officials and other supporters including the CLC in Midtown on Thursday after striking this week for a $20 minimum wage and better scheduling practices at the national fast food chain.