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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Nov 18, 2022 | News Story

Unionized workers at Brooklyn Museum, members of UAW Local 2110, rallied in the wind and rain outside the museum's main entrance on Eastern Parkway on Tuesday to call attention to stalled contract negotiations.

Nov 18, 2022 | News Story

This past Tuesday, Climate Jobs NY (CJNY) was excited to host New York City Mayor Eric Adams for a tour of the Local 3 Electrical Industry Training Center in Long Island City to discuss the benefits the Carbon Free and Healthy Schools (CFHS) Initiative would have for NYC.

Nov 18, 2022 | News Story

Pineapple Street Studios, the popular podcast network owned by Audacy, has formally recognized the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) as the collective bargaining representatives of the staff’s writers, producers, editors, engineers, and other storytellers.

Nov 18, 2022 | News Story

Several New York City labor unions affiliated with the Coalition for Affordable Hospitals held a speak out and rally on Thursday to tell NY Presbyterian and other wealthy hospitals to pay their fair share, after a

Nov 11, 2022 | News Story

In this week's elections, working New Yorkers made their voices heard, voting in support of candidates who will stand up for working families and engaging voters one on one through our NYC Labor Votes! Campaign and the efforts of our affiliate unions.

Nov 11, 2022 | News Story

The Union Veterans Council, an AFL-CIO Constituency Organization, brings working-class veterans together to speak out on the issues that impact us most, especially the need for good jobs and a strong, fully funded and staffed VA.

Nov 11, 2022 | News Story

Union members at HarperCollins, one of the largest publishers in the country, started an indefinite strike yesterday, with workers and supporters gathered outside the company's New York City offices to make their demands.

Nov 11, 2022 | News Story

"This is my dream job. But I will not risk getting infected with bed bugs or sick due to mold." said Kent, a baker at the NYC Roastery at a rally held by Roastery workers and their supporters at the location at 61 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan on Thursday.

Nov 11, 2022 | News Story

NewsGuild of New York members at Thomson Reuters have announced that a supermajority of union members voted in favor of authorizing their bargaining committee to call a strike if their employer continues bargaining in bad faith.

Nov 11, 2022 | News Story

Actors’ Equity Association is currently at the bargaining table with the Broadway League to determine the next iteration of the union's largest contract, which covers work on Broadway shows.