William Spriggs
Published November 18, 2013
Updated April 13, 2021

William Spriggs is chief economist to the AFL-CIO and a professor and former chair of economics at Howard University. He is a former assistant secretary for the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Spriggs’ economic expertise lies in workforce issues, labor, tax and public policy. Prior to his position at AFL-CIO, he led economic policy development at the Economic Policy Institute, National Urban League, the U.S. Department of Commerce,  the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Join Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.

His work has been featured in Politic365 and on The Washington Post’s PostTV. Spriggs has also appeared on NPR as an economics expert.

Expertise: Economics, federal policy, labor

Location: Washington, D.C.

Email: wspriggs@howard.edu | wspriggs@aflcio.org

Contact the AFL-CIO press office:

Phone: 202-637-5018

Email: pressclips@aflcio.org

Twitter: @wspriggs

Heard on NPR: Tell Me More: “U.S. Cost of Living on the Rise”

PostTV: “Should the U.S. Raise the Minimum Wage?”


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