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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Colombia's Marcha Patriótica and Lazos de Dignidad Tour of the United States
Labor Event:Wednesday Nov 19, 2014
Featuring Gustavo Gallardo, the Marcha Patriótica's International Relations Coordinator and July
Union members have been busy helping to get out the vote for Congressional District 11 candidate Domenic Recchia. Recchia, a former City Council Member and school board president, hosted a labor meet and greet last Saturday, where he thanked union volunteers for their support.
The IBEW in conjunction with RENEW, joined together on Saturday, October 18 for a country-wide day of action.
TWU Local 101 members maintain the gas lines and services in Brooklyn and Queens. Their contract with National Grid is set to expire on October 15.
On Monday, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against Bravo Media with the National Labor Relations Board.
Mobilizing Against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism - Book Launch Celebration
Six months ago Utrecht workers successfully voted to unionize at the 13th street location for a decent wages, sustainable scheduling, and respect on the job. Despite a successful vote for union representation, the company has not negotiated in good faith.