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Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on Worker Safety Legislation We are pleased Governor Cuomo has signed into law important safety bills that will help deter violence against workers providing public services. Utility workers must often enter private residences alone, deliver unwelcome news and as such, are routinely subject to threats, harassment or worse.
Albany -“Our affiliates in the private sector, public sector and building trades were united in recognizing the important role existing nuclear facilities, like the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant have in our communities and in our future.
Increase boosts insurers' profits The article “Workers' comp rates up,” July 20, is misleading and raises the question: Who and what is really behind the increase? Loss cost is only one of a number of factors that go into determining workers' compensation rates. The state Department of Financial Services approved a 9.3 percent loss cost increase, not a workers' compensation rate increase. Furthermore, the 9.3 percent loss cost increase is unnecessary; it will only serve to make profitable insurers more profitable.
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.