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 28, 2015 | News Story

This week, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services held a hearing for a City initiative to eliminate open and competitive testing within the FDNY.

Aug 24, 2015 | Press Release

New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez released the following statement regarding the City’s proposal to eliminate competitive examinations in FDNY recruitment:

Aug 12, 2015 | News Story

Please stand in support of Verizon workers in their Fight for a Good Contract and for High Speed Internet For All this Thursday, August 13 at 12pm. CWA members will be holding informational pickets at 5 Verizon central offices throughout Manhattan and the Bronx. 


Jul 25

Verizon workers are fighting for good jobs building and servicing FiOS, and properly serving copper network customers.

Jul 22

CUNY students and faculty, together with elected officials and labor leaders, will urge the governor to sign a bill to improve the quality of education at CUNY and SUNY.

Jul 22

The final NYS Wage Board Meeting will take place tomorrow at 2:30 pm at 90 Church St.

Jun 4, 2015 | Press Release

New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement, congratulating staff at Gawker, who voted yesterday to join the Writers Guild of America East, AFL-CIO:

Jun 3

Tomorrow, June 3 is a National Call-in Day to #StopFastTrack.  Text TPP to 877877 to be connected with your representative.

With your help we can stop fast track!

Jun 2

The employees at The Fountains work hard to care for the residents who live at the facility.  For over a year, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW has been attempting to negotiate a fair union contract with the company.  The company has not been bargaining in good faith.