Letter to the Editor in the Buffalo News: In Heather Briccetti's July 24 Viewpoints article, “State must do more to improve its business climate,” she calls for an open dialogue and rational discussion. That sounds good, but let's look at the facts. Briccetti and the Business Council demonize the labor movement because we fight to protect workers.
UPDATE: “We applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo for taking the lead in recognizing that nuclear energy must remain a part of the state's clean energy plan,” said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO. “Existing nuclear facilities play a critical role in ensuring we are safely able to achieve clean energy goals while at the same time maintaining jobs in those communities where nuclear facilities exist.
From the City & State A new law on the books in New York State will help to honor our veterans with the deep respect and appreciation they so deserve. On June 1, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Veteran's Service Credit bill, recognizing honorably discharged servicemen and women who sacrificed so much for all of us. The new law recognizes the service of all of our veterans and for the first time equally acknowledges the women who proudly served our country.
Albany - The New York State AFL-CIO, which represents 2.5 million union members, is pleased the National AFL-CIO has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento said, “I am proud that our friend, a true champion for the middle class is labors endorsed candidate for President. Hillary worked closely with our local affiliates on behalf of working men and women throughout the state of New York when she served with such distinction as a United States Senator.
(Green Island, NY) - Hundreds rallied today across the street from the Honeywell Aerospace factory in Green Islandwhere the unionized workforce has been locked out since May 9th, demanding the company end the lockout and negotiate in good faith. The Green Island factory and a sister plant in South Bend, Indiana make braking systems andwheels for commercial and military aircraft, including the Boeing 737, the Boeing B-52, and Lockheed Martin F-35.

Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on Assembly Passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act

CALLS FOR THE PASSAGE OF THE SAFE STAFFING FOR QUALITY CARE ACTCONTINUES TO GROW LOUDER AS STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT COME IN FROM TOP NEW YORK ORGANIZATIONS New York State Trial Lawyers Association, The League Of Women Voters Of New York State, The New York Public Interest Research Group, The New York State AFL-CIO, And District Council 37- All Authored Letters

The New York State Constitution requires prevailing rate be paid to workers on public works projects. This basic principle is intended to ensure that constitutional provisions protecting the labor rights of working men and women are respected and that taxpayer dollars are used to create meaningful jobs that build our communities and strengthen our economy. Over the years, the prevailing wage law has been misconstrued by the courts and others such that the law's original intent has been eroded.