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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Aug 8, 2013 | News Story

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Affiliation of UFCW

August 8, 2013

Aug 21

The New York City Central Labor Council, along with the National AFL-CIO and Organizing 2.0, will offer a day of trainings on digital strategies and online communications.  These courses will take place on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 9:30am to 5:00pm at 275 Seventh Avenue on the 16th Floor.

Aug 1, 2013 | News Story

Last Friday, fast food workers gathered near a Bushwick Domino’s to protest the firing of delivery driver Gregory Reynoso.

Aug 1, 2013 | News Story

On Friday, July 26, over 100 Home Care workers with 1199 SEIU, gathered with public officials for a speak-out and rally outside of Accent Care’s Bronx office.

Jul 26

1199 SEIU HOME HEALTH AIDES TO RALLY FOR SICK DAYS, AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE

Jul 29

Join Fast Food Forward members and supporters as they rally to support fast food workers walking off the job in protest of low-wages, a lack of benefits, and workplace respect.  Se below for a schedule of actions around the city.

Morning Action

Jul 19, 2013 | News Story

This week, 1199 and NYSNA continued to oppose the SUNY-ordered of closure of Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital.

Jul 24

12pm: Join ROC-NY, low-wage workers, and supporters for an afternoon action supporting workers employed by Darden Brands who are organizing against illegal and unfair conditions.  Darden, which owns The Capital Grille, Red Lobster, and Olive Garden, is adamantly opposed to increa

Sep 7

For more information, please call Brendan Griffith at (212) 604-9552