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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Mar 9, 2018 | News Story

Is your local prepared for the upcoming Janus decision?

Mar 9, 2018 | News Story

Women's History Month has been recognized in the United States since 1987 but this past Thursday, March 8, we celebrated International Women's Day.

Mar 9, 2018 | News Story

To the workers of all trades who toil in the worst of weather to keep our city up and running as well as those whose work can’t take a snow day, we thank you.

Mar 9, 2018 | News Story

Gary LaBarbera, president of the 100,000 member Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York,

Jun 7

If we hope to maintain a strong membership with ownership of their union after Janus, we have to change our local union practices and cultures. How do we keep our membership high and shift our focus to constant member engagement and development?

May 24

The people hired today will shape our movement’s future. We will explore the importance of New Hire orientations in fostering close and on-going relationships with members.

May 10

Anti-labor organizations throughout the country are behind the Janus case, and are raising money to persuade our members to drop their Union membership. We will look at their history, practices and messaging and make a plan to inoculate our members and community against the attacks.

Apr 26

We know we have to talk about Janus with our members. But what do we say and how do we communicate it? We will discuss both the fundamentals of crafting a powerful message about Janus, and the variety of tools—from printed materials to emails to social media.

Apr 12

How do we have effective conversations and measure our effectiveness? We will drill down into the fundamentals of one-on-one and member-to-member conversations. We will discuss various ways and techniques to map your membership, and to track and analyze the data.