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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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.

May 5

Save the Date! Join us for a May 5 National Day of Action to fight for good jobs at Verizon and Verizon Wireless.

We'll be back in touch soon with more information about actions at Verizon Wireless stores near you and how you can join the fight online.

Apr 18

Please join Verizon and Verizon Wireless workers ON STRIKE fighting to protect good jobs.

MONDAY APRIL 18 - 10:30AM
230 West 36th St, NYC
(Verizon central office)

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