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 26, 2022 | News Story

Help is on the way for New Yorkers seeking a union job in the transportation sector. The Consortium for Worker Education and partners in government, labor, and business are launching a new workforce training program, New York City Pathways to Industrial and Construction Careers (PINCC).

Aug 26, 2022 | News Story

Unified workers at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Lansing, Michigan, voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to form a union with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, making it the first of the restaurant chain’s 3,000 locations to organize.

Aug 19, 2022 | News Story

On Wednesday, members of SMART Sheet Metal Workers Local 28, Laborers Local 79, Steamfitters Local 638, community supporters and other union workers rallied in front of the Tribeca Film Center, calling on self-professed union man Robert De Niro to stop cutting corners on workplace standards by us

Aug 19, 2022 | News Story

Workers at the Trader Joe’s Wine Shop in Union Square spent the last four months laying the groundwork to unionize their store.

Aug 19, 2022 | News Story

Approximately 30,000 NYSNA nurses have union contracts expiring on December 31, 2022, or in early 2023. This is the first time in New York state that so many private and public sector nurses will be bargaining for critical improvements to their profession and their patients at the same time.

Aug 19, 2022 | News Story

A majority of the dancers employed at the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar in North Hollywood this week filed a petition for a union recognition election with the National Labor Relations Board.

Aug 19, 2022 | News Story

Unionizing TV Commercial Production Department workers, backed by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union and the Stand With Production Movement have met heavy resistance to their organizing efforts from the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP).

Aug 19, 2022 | News Story

TIME Union workers have voted unanimously to ratify a new contract, a historic agreement that covers all TIME editorial employees without any divisions among the print and digital sides of TIME or TIME for Kids. The deal was finalized on July 21and ratified this week.

Aug 19, 2022 | News Story

Last week, the New York City Central Labor Council launched its first Common Sense Economics workshop. Participants were engaged in hands-on activities and learned about local campaigns like the CUNY Rising Alliance.

Aug 12, 2022 | News Story

For more than 10 years, Staten Island Ferry workers have been fighting for a new contract with the New York City Department of Transportation. This means that their wages and benefits have not changed since the last contract expired in 2010. This is unacceptable.