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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Sep 22, 2023 | News Story

Support animation production workers by sending a letter to encourage Disney leadership to do the right thing and recognize the demand of Production Coordinators, Production Managers, and Production Supervisors to join IATSE Local 839, The Animation Guild (TAG).

Sep 27

Join members from the UAW for a Solidarity Picket with Writers Guild of America East and SAG-AFTRA members! The UAW, WGAE, and SAG-AFTRA are coming together in support of striking workers here in NYC and across the country. At Amazon/HBO, 450 West 33rd Street at 10th Avenue.

Sep 8, 2023 | News Story

Staten Island Ferry workers who have gone without a pay raise since 2009 on Monday announced the achievement of a transformative new collective bargaining agreement with the City that guarantees an immediate 28.55% retroactive salary increase for the ferry system’s roughly 120 engineers, captains

Sep 15, 2023 | News Story

On Saturday morning, the rain held off and spirits soared as more than 75,000 workers from across our City and region came together to march in solidarity up Fifth Avenue at the 2023 NYC Labor Day Parade.

Sep 15, 2023 | News Story

At 11:59 last night, contracts for 150,000 UAW autoworkers at Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis expired.

Sep 15, 2023 | News Story

During the busy Saturday afternoon shopping rush, members of REI Union SoHo stopped work and walked off the job to protest REI’s decision to cut the wages of many members of the bargaining unit. ULP charges were filed regarding the wage cuts.

Sep 15, 2023 | News Story

Hundreds of union members from Long Island to Buffalo to Trenton answered the call on Thursday, as the NYS and NJ AFL-CIOs held a Union Strong Day of action in support of striking Writers Guild of America East and SAG-AFTRA members.

Sep 7, 2023 | News Story

By Vincent Alvarez, President, New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Sep 1, 2023 | News Story

As this "summer of strikes" gives way to autumn, we’re all by now familiar with the existential fight that our City’s striking writers and actors are facing.