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One night at his UPS job, Tefere Gebre's co-worker handed him some union material. 

“He told me that I’d get health care and vacation and other benefits by filling it out. I said, ‘Are you serious?’ I thought, ‘Hmm. Everyone should have that.’”

Tefere, the executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, has been a proud union member for most of his life, valuing the freedom of people to come together in union.

What a year it's been. Working men and women all across this state are making their voices heard and seeing the results. The New York State AFL-CIO represents 2.5 million members and has 3,000 local affiliates. But our real strength comes from working together, standing together and speaking with one voice.
This Labor Day we recognize the incredible achievements of America's working people and celebrate all those who make our country run. Many of us will be busy with barbecues, festivals and other types of family events that bring everyone together. Amid all the celebrating, we must truly consider what strengthens our families and communities and take a look at how public policies have deliberately diminished working peoples' ability to sustain a good living and driven our economy out of balance.
Growing up in rural Kentucky, Augusta Thomas witnessed the extreme measures elected officials would take to prevent African-American men from voting.
Manhattan - Today, the 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO announced the endorsements of candidates running for the House of Representatives. The endorsements took place at the State Federation's 33rd Constitutional Convention at the Sheraton NY Times Square Hotel in New York City. More thanone thousand delegates, representing union members from the public sector, private sector and building trades, were in attendance.
Culinary worker Brittany Bronson talks not only about the benefits of joining her union, but also about the opportunities being part of a unionized workforce offer women, particularly women who have long careers in the workforce.

Anniversaries can be celebratory or somber. Today we celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and it is the kind of anniversary in which we hail the success of the act, while also acknowledging the deficiencies in our democracy that make the full act necessary.

Manhattan - Today, the 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO announced the endorsement of United States Senator Charles E. Schumer in his bid for re-election. The endorsement took place at the State Federation's 33rd Constitutional Convention at the Sheraton NY Times Square Hotel in New York City. More than one thousand delegates, representing union members from the public sector, private sector and building trades, were in attendance.