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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Jul 12, 2013 | News Story

This week, the NYC District Council of Carpenters continued its strike against the Manufacturing Woodworkers Association of Greater NYC, seeking better wages and benefits for workers.  The Carpenters’ contract expired on June 30, and on Monday July 1, 350 members went out on strike in protest of

Jul 13

NYC car wash workers will join with activists from Make the Road NY (MRNY), New York Communities for Change (NYCC) and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) for a citywide protest on SATURDAY, JULY 13TH calling on NY’s car wash kingpin John Lage to improve work

Jul 5, 2013 | Press Release

New York, NY - New York City Central Labor Council,  AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez has released the following statement on the MTA's decision to use Chinese-made steel to repair the Verrazano Bridge: 

Jul 10

Members of the District Council of Carpenters have been on strike against the Manufacturing Woodworkers Association.  The location of their picket line is below.  Please come out to show your support!

Jul 24

Join TWU Local 100 and Transit Forward to rally for safe, affordable, accessible and reliable transportation for all New Yorkers.

Jul 3, 2013 | News Story

On Tuesday, July 2, members of the Central Labor Council, Teamsters Local 237, workers, elected officials and supporters gathered in City Hall Park for a rally to save jobs, services and programs at

Oct 1, 2013 | News Story