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 4, 2020 | News Story

Staffers at four renowned media brands — Entertainment Weekly, Martha Stewart Living, Shape Magazine and PeopleTV — announced yesterday that they have formed a union with The NewsGuild of New York. Joining their Guild-represented colleagues at PEOPLE,

Dec 4, 2020 | News Story

Mariah Dignan, Climate Jobs NY’s Long Island organizer, had the opportunity to travel to Point Judith in Rhode Island this month to visit. Thank you to Elizabeth Marchetti, Equnior's Fisheries Liaison, for the invitation and for taking the time to meet with Mariah.

Nov 23, 2020 | Press Release

"The New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO strongly supports AFM Local 802's campaign to #SaveNYCMusicians.

Nov 20, 2020 | News Story

On Tuesday, people came together across America to celebrate the work of our public Postal Service — a pillar of our democracy and our communities. In NYC, postal workers and supporters including the NYC CLC gathered in front of the James A.

Nov 20, 2020 | News Story

Unionized workers at one of New York's largest hospital-laundry and medical-uniform companies launched a two-day strike on Wednesday to demand a fair contract and protest illegal threats of termination that are being investigated by the National Labor Relations Board.

Nov 20, 2020 | News Story

This week marked an important step forward in securing good family-sustaining, community-supporting union jobs in the offshore wind industry.

Nov 20, 2020 | News Story

When you buy union, you're supporting good jobs in American communities, jobs that provide living wages and benefits, safe working conditions, and dignity and respect for work. Look for these quality products, produced by union members, when preparing for your Thanksgiving feast.

Oct 30, 2020 | News Story

We can make the difference on Nov. 3. As union members, we come together and rise to the challenge when our communities need us. And right now, nothing is more important to the future of the labor movement and working families and our communities than voting.

Oct 30, 2020 | News Story

As we head into the critical final days of the 2020 elections, the NYC CLC is conducting daily phone bank opportunities for NYC union members to reach out to other union households both in NYC and in battleground states.