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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.

"Just two days after Memorial Day, it is fitting that we honor those who served our country, not just in words, but in actions. We thank Governor Cuomo for signing the veterans' service credit bill, recognizing honorably discharged service men and women who sacrificed so much for all of us. By approving this bill the governor is validating the service of all of our veterans and for the first time equally recognizing the women who proudly served our country.
  CWA and IBEW Reach Tentative Agreement On behalf of the 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL-CIO, I want to extend my congratulations to the leadership and members of the CWA and IBEW for the agreement in principle announced Friday, May 27, 2016 between the two unions and Verizon. The hardworking men and women of both unions spent 6 weeks walking the picket line in a show of solidarity, strength and determination, never once wavering in their fight to create solid middle class jobs in our communities.
The AFL-CIO has endorsed the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) boycott of the snack food items of Mondelez International (“Mondelez,” “Mondelez/Nabisco”) that are made in Mexico. The boycott is being conducted because Mondelez is shifting work from U.S. production facilities, most recently in Chicago, IL, to a facility in Salinas Victoria, Mexico.
Today, NYS Veterans Groups met in Albany to urge veterans to contact Governor Cuomo in support of Pension Bill A.9531/S.7160. “The New York State Council of Veterans Organizations have unanimously coalesced in support of veterans pension credit Legislation” said Bob Becker, legislative coordinator for a group of more than thirty veterans service organizations including those of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.
New York - "It is timely that while support continues to grow for members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in their fight against Verizon's corporate greed - a new AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch exposes the pay inequality between CEOs and average workers.