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 20

Join the Real Affordability for All Coalition, and union members from around the city for a rally supporting affordable housing and good jobs for Harlem residents.

Union shirts are encouraged

Aug 9

Guitar Center workers have been organizing for respect and fair pay throughout the country and have successfully voted for union recognition in Manhattan’s 14th St store, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

Jul 15

UFCW 1500 will be hosting an emergency blood drive on July 15th, providing free lunch for all volunteers and donors. Together we can help save lives and rebuild through community service.

May 19, 2014 | News Story

Yesterday, in an overwhelming show of approval for their new agreement, the rank-and-file members of TWU Local 100 have ratified their new contract.  82% of the Local 100

May 20, 2014 | News Story

Each year, New York spends $7 billion of your money on corporate tax subsidies in the name of job creation. But too much of this money is wasted on corporations that create no jobs, add poverty wage jobs, or even cut jobs.

May 19

Friday, May 9 – Monday, May 19

The Workers Unite Film Festival is a celebration of Labor through film.

Please click here for more information and to view the full schedule of screenings.

May 10

The 22nd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is being held on Saturday, May 10. Across the United States, Letter Carriers will be picking up your donations of non-perishable food to distribute to local food banks and community charity organizations.