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 1, 2016 | News Story

This week the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) rejected a request to rehear the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case, which received a 4-4 ruling from the court in March of this year.

Jun 17, 2016 | News Story

Today, CWA announced that the roughly 40,000 union members along the East Coast who had been on strike for 49 days have ratified new contracts.

Jun 10, 2016 | News Story

The NewsGuild of New York, CWA recently launched a new “What El Diario Means to Me” campaign, to highlight the importance of the hometown paper. El Diario is the nation’s oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper, and many New Yorkers utilize the paper as an important source of local news.

Jun 15

 

Join the workers at Con Edison, members of UWUA Local 1-2, as they call for a fair contract!

 

 

Jun 2

 

Join RWDSU and Macy’s workers, Members of RWDSU Local 1-S, as they rally for a new contract.

Macy’s has been making demands that would limit workers’ pay and weaken benefits. It’s time to stand with these workers against corporate greed!

 

May 27, 2016 | News Story

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing labor dispute at Verizon:

May 25

Mobilize your members to picket a Verizon store or location for 2-3 hours, 1-2 times per week, through the end of June.

May 14

As Puerto Rico’s $72B public debt has decimated the island’s schools, health care, and other public services, millions of Puerto Ricans are suffering the consequences of severe cuts. Each month last year, 11,000 Puerto Ricans migrated to the US mainland.

May 5

40,000 men and women are still on strike at Verizon and Verizon Wireless determined to fight for as long as it takes to protect good jobs.