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 18, 2017 | News Story

This week, in the wake of President Trump’s offensive remarks about white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, AFL-CIO representatives President Richard Trumka and Deputy Chief of Staff Thea Lee announced their resignation from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council.

Sep 1, 2017 | Press Release

On this and every Labor Day, we honor the men and women who keep New York City up and running. We represent workers from all three sectors of the labor movement, all backgrounds, and all walks of life, and we all play an important role in helping to keep NYC a world class, union-made city.

Jul 28, 2017 | News Story

This Thursday, New York City announced it is

Jul 28, 2017 | News Story

It’s the “Summer of Hell” in New York City, and it seems like everyone has an opinion on how to fix the failing NYC subway system. Thankfully, the people most qualified to provide solutions have spoken: the workers who operate and maintain the subway system every single day.

Jul 28, 2017 | News Story

On Monday, 52 of Village Voice’s most esteemed alumni writers issued an

Jul 28, 2017 | News Story

Last week, workers at neighborhood news sites DNAinfo and Gothamist marked 100 days since they informed their employer they had joined the Writers Guild of America, East.

Jul 21, 2017 | News Story

Union workers at Waldner’s, one of the city’s largest office furniture companies, continued their fight against the company this week.

Jun 16, 2017 | News Story

Every morning, parents in New York watch their children get on the school bus, entrusting their safety to bus drivers, attendants, and mechanics. These workers have the responsibility of maintaining a secure and safe environment.