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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Dec 16, 2022 | News Story

1700 part-time faculty members at The New School (members of UAW Local 7902) have a tentative agreement and are back at work following their strike, the longest adjunct strike in U.S. history. Workers won:

Dec 16, 2022 | News Story

Workers at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery flagship on Manhattan’s 9th Avenue ended a seven-week strike and returned to work on Monday, after securing an agreement that commits the coffee chain to regularly scrub equipment at outposts nationwide.

Dec 16, 2022 | News Story

Last week, Laborers Local 1010 joined New Yorkers for Parks, labor advocates, and Council Member Shekar Krishnan at City Hall ahead of the Council’s committee hearing on Parks in support of greater accountability and on time construction in New York City’s green spaces.

Dec 9, 2022 | News Story

After 20 months of negotiations, members of the New York Times Guild walked out yesterday due to the company’s failure to bargain in good faith and reach a fair contract agreement with the workers.

Dec 9, 2022 | News Story

This week, the New York City Council passed a resolution calling on the State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign S.3062D/A.7503, raising the minimum wage annually by a percentage based on the rate of inflation and labor productivity.

Dec 9, 2022 | News Story

The workers of OnPoint NYC this week announced their intent to organize a union and be represented by the New England Joint Board of UNITE HERE.

Dec 9, 2022 | News Story

1700 part-time faculty members at The New School, members of UAW Local 7902, are still on strike demanding a contract that provides real raises, expanded health coverage, greater job security, more input into curricula, and real recourse against harassment and discrimination.

Dec 9, 2022 | News Story

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is in a funding crisis. We need a fully funded NLRB to investigate unfair labor practices and conduct union elections.

Dec 9, 2022 | News Story

The New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor on Thursday held a hearing on support for New York City worker unionization drives.

Dec 9, 2022 | News Story

Ashley Mason delivered packages for Amazon for over a year. She was injured four times and was in so much pain that she couldn't work and was eventually fired. She never received any compensation for her treatment or missed time at work.