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 19

To NYC labor, immigrant rights activists, students and all defenders of workers’ rights: The owners of Bröd Kitchen are going all out in their drive to break the workers’ union, firing the union president and moving to decertify the union. This is an attack on all of us.

This page will be used for union resources relating to the Friedrichs v CTA case currently being decided by the Supreme Court.

Jan 27

Stand with the News Guild of New York for a rally to save El Diario.

Jan 28

The owners of Bröd Kitchen (formerly Hot & Crusty) on Manhattan’s Upper East Side announced a sudden and immediate shut down of the unionized bakery/restaurant.

Jan 7, 2016 | Press Release

“Mayor de Blasio’s proposal is a real step forward in ensuring that New York City’s working men and women have the tools they need to help with the rising costs of everyday living expenses in our city,” said Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

Jan 7, 2016 | Press Release

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced plans to revamp Penn Station to help meet the demands of ridership in our growing city. Here's a sketch of the proposed plans.

Jan 13

The state legislature can pass a statewide $15 in 2016 – but they need to feel the pressure from people across the state who know that an $8.75 minimum wage isn't enough to live on.

Take a stand against poverty wages in New York on January 13!

Dec 14, 2015 | News Story

New York, NY - The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) announced a partnership with the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO and a coalition of unions, area churches and developers known as the United Cl

Dec 4

Since Fall 2014, a strong majority of more than 3,000 research and teaching assistants (RAs and TAs) have consistently signed up in support of GWC-UAW as their union.  In December 2014, more than 200 RAs and TAs assembled to demand that Columbia respect the choice of RAs and TAs by agreeing to a

Nov 10, 2015 | News Story

Today, one year from 2016 Presidential Election Day, workers gathered in Downtown Brooklyn to call for “$15 and a Union.”  Representatives of unions including 32BJ SEIU, 1199 UHWE, TWU Local 100, RWDSU, Workers United, CWA District 1, CWA Local 1109, Teamsters 814, Ironworkers Local 40, Teamsters