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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May 10, 2014 | News Story

The 22nd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is being held on Saturday, May 10.

May 2, 2014 | News Story

Yesterday, thousands of union members and community groups converged on City Hall Park to speak out for fair wages and contracts, safe jobs and comprehensive immigration reform. 

May 14

Worker cooperatives present a democratic alternative to traditional worker/owner relationships.  Join the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies on May 14th at the steps of City Hall to call on elected officials to

May 14

The new administration came to office promising a new, progressive agenda for New York City. But what can occupational safety and health advocates really  expect from Mayor de Blasio?   What issues do workers want to see addressed?

Apr 25, 2014 | News Story

On Monday, April 20th hundreds of Build Up NYC members and supporters gathered at Brooklyn Borough Hall to call for the creation and protection of good jobs, and the maintenance of park space for residents.

Apr 22

Build Brooklyn Bridge Park &
Watchtower Properties responsibly!

Tuesday, April 22 at 3:30pm
 
Take the R, 2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Borough Hall/Court Street stop.

@buildupnyc
 

May 1

"May Day is about all workers,” said Vincent Alvarez, president of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

Apr 28

Every April 28, the Labor Movement reflects on men and women who lose their lives while on the job.  Join labor leaders and fellow activists to commemorate their sacrifice and march to honor their memory.

Apr 24

Join members of APWU to rally & march to stop Staples!

Please download the attached flyer for more details.

Apr 11, 2014 | News Story

Today, 32BJ SEIU officials announced that a tentative four-year agreement has been reached on a new contract for roughly 30,000 doormen, porters, building supers and other Residential workers.