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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Nov 2, 2018 | News Story

More than 400 SAG-AFTRA members rallied yesterday in front of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty, LLC (BBH), which is trying to illegally abandon its union contract after almost 20 years. The rally took the form of a mock bake sale to raise funds for BBH. Thousands of baked goods were handed out.

Nov 2, 2018 | News Story

During GWC-UAW Local 2110's strike in April, over 1,500 graduate workers withdrew their labor and marched on the picket lines, and when the strike ended, they knew what their next steps would be.

Nov 2, 2018 | News Story

Google employees are fed up with the search giant’s lack of transparency when it comes to handling sexual harassment and misconduct allegations. Yesterday morning, thousands of Googlers from San Francisco to Dublin walked out in hopes of bringing real change to the company.

Nov 2, 2018 | News Story

Yesterday, content creators at Al Jazeera English, based in the United States, voted overwhelmingly to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union ̶ with 97 percent voting in favor. The election was conducted by mail ballot and votes were counted this afternoon by the National Labor Relations Board.

Nov 2, 2018 | News Story

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Oct 26, 2018 | News Story

Workers in United Airlines’ catering kitchens in five cities have voted overwhelmingly to unionize with UNITE HERE. In a National Mediation Board election lasting five weeks, 72% of United catering workers voted to join the union.

Oct 26, 2018 | News Story

The Unit Council of Law360, a New York-based legal news service owned by LexisNexis, announced on Tuesday that their members voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing a strike if necessary to secure a first contract.

Oct 26, 2018 | News Story

Mayor Bill de Blasio, District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido, Local 3621 President Vincent Variale and Local 2507 President Oren Barzilay this week announced that the City will provide Unlimited 9/11 Sick Leave to City workers who participated in World Trade Center rescue, recovery

Oct 26, 2018 | News Story

“New York City is a union town,” they chanted — thousands of voices reverberating off of office buildings and down the upper Manhattan street on Tuesday afternoon.

Oct 26, 2018 | News Story

Hurricane Michael, one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever make landfall in the United States, wreaked havoc on the Florida Panhandle. Working families have seen devastating flooding, rains, winds and destruction to their homes, possessions and livelihoods.