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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Feb 23, 2018 | News Story

America produces more wealth today than at any time in history, yet the economic rules written for the rich and for powerful corporations have resulted in hard times for regular people.

Feb 16, 2018 | News Story

Graduate Workers at Columbia University have begun to organize fo

Feb 16, 2018 | News Story

Edison Severino, Business Manager of LIUNA Local 78, has penned an op-ed regarding the importance of asbestos abatement in light of the recent arrest of 17 inspectors accused of falsifying asbestos inspection reports.

Feb 16, 2018 | News Story

Is your local prepared for the upcoming Janus decision?

Feb 2, 2018 | News Story

This week the National Writers’ Union, UAW Local 1981 (NWU), announced a settlemen

Feb 24

Join the Working People's Day of Action in New York, NY.

Thousands of working people and our allies will stand up for our freedoms and demand an end to a system that’s rigged against us. We will rise up and fight.

Jan 22, 2018 | Press Release

New York City Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez stated, “We applaud NY State Attorney General Schneiderman in leading this multi-state coalition, and for his steadfast support for workers across our state and country.

Jan 19, 2018 | News Story

Workers at Hunt’s Point Market have ratified a new three-year agreement that includes substantial pay raises and funding for the workers’ health and pension plans. The agreement was reached after workers had voted to authorize a strike if the Tuesday deadline was not met.

Jan 27

Saturday, January 27, 10AM: Join the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists & The Southern Baptist Church of Harlem for a seminar on careers in civil service and transportation.

Click the attached flyer for more information.

Jan 12, 2018 | News Story

This week, the Writers Guild of America, East announced digital media company Vox Media had voluntarily recognized the Vox Union as the representative for collective bargaining for around 400 creative professionals.