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These short and informative fact sheets give a snapshot of the issues to consider when bargaining for work family benefits.

CoverA Job and a Life: Organizing and Bargaining for Work Family Issues  
A step-by-step guide designed for union leaders, activists, negotiating teams and organizers. It includes strategies, survey questions, sample contract language, and model unions programs to help you organize and bargain for work family issues. Order your FREE copy today (shipping cost not included in offer) to advance a successful work family agenda in your union. Order Now


CoverFlex Pack: A Toolkit on Organizing, Bargaining and Legislating for Worker-Controlled Flexibility
Find out why union members want more job flexibility, how to tell genuine flextime from “fake flex” gimmicks and what flextime options are worth bargaining for.



CoverMaking it Work Better: A Work Family Educational Program
Educate your union members, staff and leadership about work family issues. Organized into short training modules, this 3½ hour curriculum can be incorporated in part into existing trainings or used in its entirety to explore work family issues in the context of organizing, bargaining and advocacy. This curriculum was designed to be used with our Organizing and Bargaining Guide.
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CoverFamily-Friendly Workplaces – Do Unions Make a Difference?
A report released by Labor Project for Working Families with the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education (CLRE) that shows that unionized workplaces are more likely to offer family-friendly policies like paid family leave, paid sick days, and family health insurance. The report also shows that unionized workers are more likely to be informed about important laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and have fewer worries about taking leave.
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Quality Child Care: A Guide for Working Parents
Help your union address the child care needs of your members. Learn more about bargaining for child care, as well as to help your members understand and identify quality child care options. Although this guide is relevant for all working parents, it does include California-specific resources and was produced in partnership with the California Federation of Teachers.

AFT Guide on Bargaining for Family Issues
This resource guide titled Bargaining for Family Issues was produced by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to provide locals bargaining tools on issues such as child care, family leave, flexible work options, etc. The guide includes current, important family issues, background information on these issues and sample contract language to be used as a model. For more information, call Connie Cordovilla at (202) 879-4490 or email

One Sick Child Away from Being Fired: When "Opting Out" is Not an Option
A review by WorkLife Law of published arbitrations in which unions argued that employees were improperly punished due to family responsibilities.

Bargaining Equality Binder
This publication of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) shows CUPE locals how to take issues such as child care, duty to accommodate, health and safety, discrimination, parental leave, pensions, pay equity and violence to the bargaining table and negotiate collective agreements that meet their equality goals.

Child Care Choices for Working Families
This report examines the Child Care Choices of Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Union Local 2 Members Working in San Francisco's Hospitality Industry. Written by the Labor Project for Working Families and the CA Child Care Resource & Referral Network, 2002.

ATU Local 192 & AC Transit Shift into Gear
A look at the new family care program negotiated by ATU Local 192 for transit workers in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, California. Written for the California Public Employee Relations Journal, April 2001.

Work and Family Provisions in Canadian Collective Agreements
This publication of the Human Resources Development Canada, Labor Program, features an analysis of work and family clauses in major collective bargaining agreements in Canada.

Bargaining for Families
An article on bargaining strategies unions have used to provide child care for their members. This article profiles HUCTW, the union representing Harvard University clerical and technical workers, and HERE Local 2, representing San Francisco hotel workers. Published in the New Labor Forum, Spring 1998.

To order Bargaining for Families, contact:
Queens College Labor Resource Center
25 West 43rd St., 19th Floor
New York, NY 10036
(212) 827-0200

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