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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Apr 1, 2016 | News Story

Workers at Verizon, members of Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 1101, took  to the streets on Thursday to demand a fair contract.  After over nine months of bargaining, Verizon still refuses to negotiate a fair contract for 39,000 workers across the Northeast.

Apr 1, 2016 | News Story

This week, Albany announced a budget deal including provisions designed to put 3.1 million working men and women on the path to a $15 per hour minimum wage.  Workers in NYC will see the wage boost take effect by 2018 (2019 for companies with less than 10 employees), while workers in Long Island a

Mar 25, 2016 | News Story

On Thursday, more than 40 CUNY faculty and staff members locked arms and blocked the doors in front of Governor Cuomo's Manhattan office. The "die-in" was designed to Highlight the demand for increased investment in CUNY in the State budget.

 

Mar 31

After nine months of bargaining, Verizon is still refusing to negotiate a fair contract for 39,000 workers across the Northeast.

Mar 24, 2016 | News Story

Thanks to the folks at Labor 411, we don't have to hunt for the union-made Easter treats!  Make sure to refer to this list when filling up your baskets this year!

 

Mar 4, 2016 | News Story

This week, the Ironworkers union released a

Mar 4, 2016 | News Story

This week, the Writers Guild of America, East

Mar 10, 2016 | News Story

Saint Patrick's Day is next Thursday, March 17.  As you gather to celebrate your Irish or adopted Irish heritage, please refer to this list of union-made products compiled by the folks over at Labor 411.  Don't forget to patronize union grocery stores!