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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Dec 13, 2019 | News Story

On Tuesday, Jackson Heights, Queens elementary school PS 398 was re-named The Héctor Figueroa School. The re-naming honors the late union leader and 32BJ SEIU President who passed away earlier this year.

Dec 13, 2019 | News Story

Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and The City University of New York (CUNY) Chancellor Félix V.

Nov 27, 2019 | News Story

Hundreds were arrested and thousands more demonstrated at airports nationwide on one of the busiest travel days in the U.S.—the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The protests were led by airline catering workers who provide inflight food and beverage services for all major U.S.

Nov 27, 2019 | News Story

On Monday, at the Amazon fulfillment center on Staten Island, hundreds of fed-up Amazon workers went public with their protest of inhumane job conditions, and demands that the online retail giant increase break time and provide free Metrocards for public buses.

Dec 6, 2019 | News Story

You said it's our birthday! And it is. If you've always wondered what you'd do with the AFL-CIO when we're 64, now's your chance! On this day in 1955, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations came together after a long and winding road.

Dec 6, 2019 | News Story

The New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO is an official drop-off location for Toys for Tots! Donate new, unwrapped toys from November 19th to December 13th at the NYC CLC office at 275 7th Ave, 18th floor, between 25th and 26th Street. Questions?

Nov 26

 

Join us in solidarity to say that One Job Should Be Enough!

American Airlines made more than $15 billion in profits over the past 5 years, but many of the workers who prepare food for the airline face a health care crisis.

Oct 23

The New York City Central Labor Council, the New York Union Child Care Coalition, the Consortium for Worker Education and the United Federation of Teachers invite you to a panel discussion:

MEMBER SERVICES AND BEYOND: Census, Child Care and Rank-and-File Services

Aug 30, 2019 | News Story

As we prepare to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Labor Day as a federal holiday, it's important to reflect on who we are as working people, what we’ve achieved together, and the challenges that lie ahead.