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 7, 2022 | Press Release

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 2, 2022 | News Story

Writers Guild of America, East members at Hearst Media and supporters including the NYC CLC rallied in front of Hearst Tower on Monday night, demanding that the company stop stalling and agree to a fair first contract.

Dec 2, 2022 | News Story

Rain or shine, NYSNA members are always ready to fight for safe staffing! On Wednesday, nurses and allies including the NYC CLC rallied on the steps of City Hall and testified at a City Council oversight hearing on the state of nursing.

Dec 2, 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 2, 2022 | News Story

Union members at HarperCollins, one of the largest publishers in the country, are beginning the fourth week of their strike, which began on November 10th after a drawn out negotiation process, with workers asking for higher wages, stronger commitments to diversifying staff and better family leave

Dec 2, 2022 | News Story

Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers working in live theatre, and The Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway industry, have reached a new, three-year collective bargaining agreement for the Pr

Nov 18, 2022 | News Story

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

Nov 18, 2022 | News Story

Union members at HarperCollins, one of the largest publishers in the country, are beginning the second week of their strike, which began last Thursday after a drawn out negotiation process, with workers asking for higher wages, stronger commitments to diversifying staff and better family leave.

Nov 18, 2022 | News Story

Starbucks Workers who are members of Starbucks Workers United/Workers United NY NJ at the NYC Roastery in Chelsea are in their third week on strike after they walked out over health and safety issues at the location.

Nov 18, 2022 | News Story

Broadway's Actors and Stage Managers took to the streets last night to rally for a fair contract from their employers. Actors' Equity Association has been at the bargaining table with The Broadway League since September.