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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Jun 22, 2018 | News Story

AFSCME District Council 1707 and supporters marched and rallied on Wednesday to demand that New York City end the unfair salary disparity between early childhood teachers in community based organizations and Department of Education schools.

Jun 22, 2018 | News Story

From the New York State AFL-CIO: A year ago New York union members led the way to the most impressive political victory in the history of this state – the defeat of the Constitutional Convention.

Jun 22, 2018 | News Story

From Labor411.org: A ball game just isn’t a ball game without the hot dogs, the salty snacks, the sodas and the beer. To best enjoy these goodies, we recommend ethical brands made by companies who treat their employees fairly.

Organizing a union in your workplace is about getting more rights and more power. Thousands of working people—all across the country and in all kinds of jobs—organize unions every year because unions are the best way to secure the things you care about.

Jun 20

March and Rally for Wage Parity

For Unionized Center-Based Child Care Workers

Wednesday June 20

Battery Park March Begins at 10 AM
Rally Starts at 11 AM

May 25, 2018 | News Story

CEO pay for major companies in the United States rose nearly 6% in the past year, as income inequality and the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs have increased.

May 25, 2018 | News Story

Employers who stiff their workers or discriminate against them just got a big lift from the Supreme Court, which issued a major ruling Monday making it easier for companies to avoid employee lawsuits. The 5-4 ruling upheld employers’ use of class-action waivers in arbitration agreements.

May 25, 2018 | News Story

The AGMA-represented dancers and stage managers of Alvin Ailey rallied with supporters yesterday as part of their fight for a fair contract with pay and benefits that meet industry standards.

May 25, 2018 | News Story

In response to a formal rulemaking petition from the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG), New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) stated it plans to put forward rules on industry-wide for-hire vehicle driver income and pay transparency later this summer.

May 24, 2018 | News Story

The New York City labor movement joins in mourning the passing of Thomas Van Arsdale on May 20th. Thomas, the son of legendary labor leader Harry Van Arsdale, Jr., was an active trade unionist throughout his life as a member of Local 3 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.