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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Nov 29

Join Wal-Mart employees, Wal-Mart Free NYC, ALIGN-NY, and supporters for a Black Friday protest against Wal-Mart’s union-busting.  The group is calling for Wal-Mart to increase wages for all workers to at least $25,000 per year.

Nov 25

Protect Good Jobs, Consumers and the Environment: Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “Free” Trade Deal

Nov 14

Join members of the Civil Service Technical Guild, AFSCME Local 375, DC 37 to speak against the waste of taxpayer dollars outsourced to high-paid consultants.  Money direly needed for repairs is being spent on private contractors.  It hurts the residents, the workers, the city and the taxpayers.

Nov 14

Join Build Up NYC to Rally at City Hall to call for the passing of Intro 1169,  a bill that calls for training and tra

Nov 6, 2013 | Press Release

New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding the victories of Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio, and a new, more progressive City Council:

Oct 28, 2013 | Press Release

Testament to Labor Movement’s Ability to Fight for Working Families

Oct 22, 2013 | Press Release

By Vincent Alvarez

Oct 29

Join Transport Workers Local 100 to Stand Up for a Fair Contract!