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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Mar 4, 2022 | News Story

With this week's announcement that Major League Baseball has cancelled the first two regular season series, the Major League Baseball Players Association released the following statement:

Feb 28, 2022 | News Story

The GMG Union—which represents G/O Media workers at Jezebel, The Root, Lifehacker, Kotaku, Jalopnik and Gizmodo—is fighting for a fair contract and needs your help.

Feb 25, 2022 | News Story

More than 100 retail workers at the national outdoor gear chain Recreational Equipment, Inc. will decide whether to form a union during an in-person vote on March 2, paving the way for what could become the company’s first unionized store.

Feb 25, 2022 | News Story

Mayor Adams and City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams have reached an agreement to fund a universal Summer Youth Employment Program that will offer 100,000 jobs to those aged 14-to-24. Under the deal announced at a joint press conference on Feb.

Feb 25, 2022 | News Story

The new LaGuardia Airport in Queens is one of the most complicated construction projects in American history and it is being completed two years ahead of schedule and 100% union built.

Feb 25, 2022 | News Story

On Wednesday, the New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor held its first hearing of 2022, with a focus on how the City can take preventative measures including, but not limited not to enhancing worker protection requirements in City contracts, effective policy mechanisms to com

Feb 25, 2022 | News Story

Together with our partners, we welcome this week’s outcome of the largest-ever auction of offshore wind development rights!

Feb 25, 2022 | News Story

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) this week filed Unfair Labor Practice charges (ULPs) against Amazon claiming that it has engaged in misconduct during the re-run union election in Bessemer, Alabama.

Feb 18, 2022 | News Story

Management of REI SoHo has not only ignored workers' requests to have their union voluntarily recognized, they’ve deployed textbook union-busting tactics meant to intimidate and scare workers out of voting Union Yes.

Feb 18, 2022 | News Story

Nail salon technicians experience harrowing conditions on the job: labor rights violations at their workplace, wage theft, health and safety concerns which have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.