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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May 31, 2024 | News Story

After years of underfunding, the Social Security Administration has reached a 27 year low in staffing while asked to serve a record high number of applicants resulting in a burnt out workforce and long service delays.

May 31, 2024 | News Story

On Saturday, in the midst of REI’s annual Anniversary Sale, members of REI Union SoHo, represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), stopped work and walked off the job in an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike to protest REI’s failure to bargain a contract in good faith

May 31, 2024 | News Story

Members of the Ziff Davis Creators Guild, representing the editorial staffs of Lifehacker, Mashable, and PCMag as a part of the NewsGuild of NY, hit the streets outside Ziff Davis headquarters this week to demand wages that keep up with inflation and a contract that addresses transparency on AI.

May 31, 2024 | News Story

The Writers Guild of America East members at Pineapple Street Studios have spent over a year working hard to negotiate the terms of their first union contract.

May 24, 2024 | News Story

On Monday, 72% of participating union members at Mobilization for Justice (MFJ) voted to ratify a contract offer presented by MFJ Management last week.

May 24, 2024 | News Story

Yesterday, during the middle of REI’s annual Anniversary Sale, members of REI Union SoHo represented by RWDSU rallied in protest of REI’s failure to bargain a contract in good faith.

May 24, 2024 | News Story

On Thursday, June 6, staff at the American Folk Art Museum will vote on whether to unionize with Local 2110 UAW. The wall-to-wall unit includes curators, retail staff, educators, IT, communication staff, and others. The Museum is the latest in a growing movement of museum workers to organize.

May 17, 2024 | News Story

Following weeks of routine incidents of verbally abusive and threatening behavior at the bargaining table, the situation escalated last week when Andrew Hoffmann, the legal representative of owners Jon Freedman and Greg May, told workers they were ‘f*cking disgusting’ and to ‘burn in hell’ over h

May 17, 2024 | News Story

The National Audubon Society must bargain a fair contract with their workers that provides good living standards, and ensures the nonprofit’s enormous assets do not flow to top executives at the expense of workers and the birds they protect.