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 12, 2014 | News Story

This week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey proposed a wage increase for workers at the region’s three major airports.  Members of U

Dec 12, 2014 | News Story

This week, hundreds of horse carriage supporters gathered at City Hall for an afternoon rally, supporting the workers and protesting Councilman Danny Dromm's measure to outlaw the iconic industry. The carriage drivers are members of Teamsters Local 553.
 

Dec 1, 2014 | Press Release

New York, NY - New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement, reaffirming the Council's support of the horse carriage industry:

Dec 4

The contract between CWA and Verizon is nearing its expiration.

Join CWA Local 1101 outside of Verizon headquarters on the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Strike.

Nov 22

Yesterday, workers at Vegas Auto Spa in Brooklyn set up a picket line outside the car wash after being locked out by the business owner.

Nov 19, 2014 | News Story

Wouldn’t it be amazing if working families gathered together on Black Friday and sent a message to the country’s largest employer that its workers deserve a living wage and full-time work? Well, that’s exactly what’s going to happen, and you can be a part of it.

Nov 28

Walmart is the largest private employer in the world, and the Walton family, owners of the company, has more wealth than 43% of Americans combined.

Nov 13

Postal workers across the country will come together for a National Day of Action to tell Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America's Mail!  Please join in!

Oct 29

Doctors Council SEIU is the union that represents the attending physicians and dentists who work in HHC, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), which is the public hospital system for all New Yorkers.  These doctors are advocating for a greater voice in quality patient care.  A

Nov 6

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