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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This week, the Writers Guild of America, East announced the DNA Info./Gothamist (DNAist) bargaining unit negotiated a substantial transition agreement for workers who were abruptly fired two weeks ago when outlet owner Joe Ricketts shut them down.
Terms of the agreement include:
The Writers Guild of America, East today announced that staff at Vox Media overwhelmingly voted to unionize. Members of the new “Vox Union” include writers, editors and social media professionals, as well video producers and others.
This week, thousands of members of New York City Building Trades unions gathered on 10th Avenue at 34th Street for a solidarity rally against open shop policies on construction sites.
Today, the Worker Institute at Cornell and the Murphy Institute convened a conference entitled “Janus and Beyond: The Future of Public Sector Unions” to address attacks on labor, and how we keep members engaged.
Last year, the Bakery, Confectionary,Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) called for a boycott of Mexican-made Nabisco products, in protest of Mondelez’s (the parent company to Nabisco) policy of outsourcing of U.S. based, union-made products (Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Ritz) to Mexico.
Bureau of Water Supply Machinists Arthur Batson and Glenn Corwin have been recognized by the Department of Environmental Safety for helping to improve workplace safety.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This year and every year, be sure to purchase union-made products as you shop at union grocery stores.
Tour of Shame Rally
Join union leaders, scholars, and activists for a one-day conference to discuss the implications of the Janus v. AFSCME case for workers and organized labor, possible immediate outcomes, and strategic options for combatting the attack on public sector unionism.