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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Sep 7, 2021 | Press Release

“We are grateful to Governor Hochul for her strong leadership as we continue to battle the COVID variants, and for taking action to keep workers safe.

Sep 6, 2021 | News Story

Today, we observe Labor Day by recognizing all working people for their contributions to our nation and giving them a chance to enjoy a well-earned rest and time with their loved ones.

Sep 3, 2021 | News Story

According to a new Gallup poll released this week, 68% percent of Americans approve of labor unions.

Sep 3, 2021 | News Story

AFM Local 802 President Adam Krauthamer and sixteen elected officials from across New York have called on the New York City Ballet to negotiate with its musicians and settle on a fair contract.

Sep 3, 2021 | News Story

Brooklyn Borough President and Democratic Mayoral nominee Eric Adams joined Laborers Local 79 recently for a Laborers Fight Back rally in the Bronx, sending a clear message that we need good jobs in our communities.

Sep 3, 2021 | News Story

In another positive momentum driver for NY’s offshore wind development, the Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) announced the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environment Impact Statement (EIS) of the Sunrise Wind project.

Aug 27, 2021 | News Story

The ballots are in at MSNBC, and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has counted them: 141 editorial staffers at MSNBC voted to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) for the purpose of collective bargaining; 58 people voted no.

Aug 27, 2021 | News Story

Yesterday, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) announced that workers at Greenlight Bookstores and Yours Truly stationery stores have won recognition for their union.

Aug 27, 2021 | News Story

The labor union representing more than 350 New York City Council aides has officially been approved by the city, paving the way for the Association of Legislative Employees, which is now the country's largest legislative staff union, to collectively bargain with the City Council.

Aug 20, 2021 | News Story

Workers at the Brooklyn Museum this week announced that they have officially voted to form a union with UAW Local 2110.