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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Feb 15, 2017 | Press Release

"Andrew Puzder's withdrawal from consideration for Secretary of Labor shows the power of working people. Puzder's history and record are not characteristics befitting someone responsible for protecting America's workforce, and I applaud workers for standing up against his nomination. "

Feb 12

In 2015, the workers at two B&H warehouses in Bushwick and in the Brooklyn Navy Yard had enough with facing discrimination on the job, working in unsafe conditions and spending long hours at work. They decided to do something about it. They decided to form a union.

Feb 3, 2017 | News Story

This week, staff at MTV News announced efforts to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East.   Per the Guild, more than 80 percent of the staff has signed cards to join the union.

Jan 20, 2017 | News Story

This week, the United Federation of Teachers filed a complaint with the NLRB, citing several teachers at the Bronx's KIPP Academy Charter School, who are in danger of losing their jobs because of their hesitancy to sign the school’s petition to decertify the UFT as the workers' collective bargain

Jan 17, 2017 | Press Release

Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, released the following statement regarding Transport Workers Union Local 100's tentative contract agreement:

Jan 13

Support our 700 brothers and sisters on strike in Waterford, NY. They've been walking the line for good jobs in their community since November 2.

Jan 12

Join construction workers and their allies as we call out Gilbane Building Company for their unscrupulous and unsafe practices as a general contractor.

We are targeting Gilbane at its job on 45 Park Place at Noon on Thursday, January 12th. 

Dec 9, 2016 | News Story

When purchasing gifts for your loved ones this holiday season, please refer to this guide produced by Labor 411

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 2, 2016 | News Story

This week, Local 246 member Jomar Pichardo was recognized by the FDNY for saving the department roughly $700,000. Pichardo, who works to keep city ambulances up, running, and available 24/7 was able to find ways refurbish vehicle batteries and parts that would normally be discarded.

Dec 2, 2016 | News Story

This week, TWU Local 100 announced an arbitration ruling that helps secure pension parity for more than 2,000 bus drivers.