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 10, 2017 | News Story

This week, IATSE Local 829, United Scenic Artists, announced a historic inaugural contract agreement with the Off-Broadway League.  The three-year agreement protects workers’ wages and industry standards.

Mar 3, 2017 | News Story

March is Women's History Month, and we would like to honor women in union leadership.

Mar 3, 2017 | News Story

Workers at the Sims Municipal Recycling plant in Brooklyn have vote to join Teamsters Local 210.

Feb 17, 2017 | News Story

This week, DC 37 posted an

Feb 24, 2017 | News Story

This week, 1199 SEIU health and hospital members were joined by Governor Cuomo for a rally at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.

Mar 9

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A fair to expose High School students to the world of college and careers.

Presentations on an array of postsecondary opportunities and the benefits of work in organized labor, including apprenticeship programs.

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.