Jobs and Economy

Years after the official end of the recent recession, America is still in a jobs crisis. Although job growth is slowly picking up steam--with steady private sector job creation--we still have a long way to go. Job losses came on top of decades of inadequate job growth, wage stagnation and growing inequality. The U.S. economy is increasingly imbalanced, with the top 1 percent holding more than 40 percent of the nation’s wealth.

The AFL-CIO is ready to work with anyone—business, government, investors—who wants to create good jobs and help restore America's middle class and challenge policies that stand in the way of giving America the chance to go back to work. The union movement is partnering with such organizations as the Clinton Global Initiative to find innovative ways to create good jobs that support workers and their families.

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Dec 4

Join the Professional Staff Congress- CUNY for a contract campaign kick-off march and rally to stand for the contract they deserve.

The union’s demands include:

5% salary increase per year of the contract for all faculty and staff

Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

This week, the Writers Guild of America, East announced the DNA Info./Gothamist (DNAist) bargaining unit negotiated a substantial transition agreement for workers who were abruptly fired two weeks ago when outlet owner Joe Ricketts shut them down.

Terms of the agreement include:

Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

The Writers Guild of America, East today announced that staff at Vox Media overwhelmingly voted to unionize. Members of the new “Vox  Union” include writers, editors and social media professionals, as well video producers and others.

Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

This week, thousands of members of New York City Building Trades unions gathered on 10th Avenue at 34th Street for a solidarity rally against open shop policies on construction sites.

Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

Today, the Worker Institute at Cornell and the Murphy Institute convened a conference entitled “Janus and Beyond: The Future of Public Sector Unions” to address attacks on labor, and how we keep members engaged.  

Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

Last year, the Bakery, Confectionary,Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) called for a boycott of Mexican-made Nabisco products, in protest of Mondelez’s (the parent company to Nabisco) policy of outsourcing of U.S. based, union-made products (Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Ritz) to Mexico.

Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

Bureau of Water Supply Machinists Arthur Batson and Glenn Corwin have been recognized by the  Department of Environmental Safety for helping to improve workplace safety.

Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  This year and every year, be sure to purchase union-made products as you shop at union grocery stores.

Nov 17

Join union leaders, scholars, and activists for a one-day conference to discuss the implications of the Janus v. AFSCME case for workers and organized labor, possible immediate outcomes, and strategic options for combatting the attack on public sector unionism.