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.

More about this issue:

Dec 20

Wednesday, December 20, 2:30PM: Rally with NYC commercial cleaners, porters and handypersons for a fair new labor contract covering 20,000 NYC workers and 1,300 buildings. The rally will take place at 41st Street and Broadway.

Dec 15, 2023 | News Story

Postdoctoral researchers at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, members of SPOC-UAW, are currently on an unfair labor practice strike in the process of reaching a fair contract.

Dec 15, 2023 | News Story

Unionized editorial workers at Law360 — who have had enough of parent company LexisNexis execs’ illegal tactics and stalling at the bargaining table — held a one-day strike on Wednesday, highlighted by a mid-afternoon rally and a day-long picket line outside corporate headquarters in New York Cit

Dec 15, 2023 | News Story

Workers at the Brooklyn Strategist (333 Court St.), a popular tabletop board game cafe in Cobble Hill owned by Jon Freeman, this week won a landslide victory 17-1.

Dec 15, 2023 | News Story

Climate Jobs New York's Carbon Free & Healthy Schools campaign hosted a group of labor leaders, union members, and elected officials on a tour of P.S.

Dec 15, 2023 | News Story

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and Microsoft Corp.

Dec 15, 2023 | News Story

Governor Kathy Hochul this week announced a new $45 million Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Clean Energy Training Initiative. This initiative will expand the capacity of labor organizations to offer training as a pathway to clean energy careers.

Dec 15, 2023 | News Story

Find that perfect holiday gift that carries a union label and is made in America. Shipping gifts this year? Make sure to ship using a union carrier like the U.S. Postal Service or UPS.

Dec 8, 2023 | News Story

Solidarity at Sinai! Postdocs and research scientists at New York's Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai began an Unfair Labor Practice Strike on Tuesday.

Dec 8, 2023 | News Story

Netflix Production Accountants working in New York and New Jersey have reached an agreement with Netflix to be recognized as members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 161.