A top priority this year will be the fight to ensure that gig economy workers are no longer treated as second class citizens.

On behalf of our 2.5 million members, retirees and their families across New York State, I welcome everyone in the labor movement back to Albany, and I wish each of you a healthy and happy New Year

The New York State AFL-CIO supports legislation to allow for the adult-use of cannabis in New York, as well as job creation and an entrepreneurial pathway for communities and individuals negatively impacted by past social problems and stigma associated with cannabis. 

The NYS AFL-CIO has long supported legislation to stop corporations from relocating good jobs out of state. This year we are prioritizing (S1826A/A567A) the New York Call Center Jobs Act, to prevent the ongoing outsourcing of jobs from New York State to other locations. 

The New York State Film and Television Tax Credit is a unique program that has made New York a leader in global competition for movie and television production and puts tens of thousands of New York union members to work each year. We urge the Legislature to include an extension to the Film and Television Tax Credit Program in the 2019-20 State Budget and we urge the Governor to support this vital program. 

While it is good news for federal workers who were not getting paid that an agreement has been reached to temporarily end the federal government shutdown. It should not be lost on anyone that the shutdown shouldn’t have happened in the first place. The shutdown highlights the ongoing and callous disregard for working men and women that is afflicting our nation. 

Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO said “This issue is about fairness, opportunity and inclusion which is why it

As a result of the legislation passed and signed into law in April 2017, union members in the state of New York will have the opportunity to deduct their union dues from their state income taxes.

Two years ago, the New York State AFL-CIO, with support from unions across the state, led the charge for this legislation.  And, we were successful.

With the attack on labor unions, especially from organizations such as New Choice NY, on the upswing, PEF is not only heightening its member engagement campaign, but taking part in a statewide campaign to let the public know that state employees are proud to be “Union Strong.”