Press Releases

Communications Director: Darcy Wells, [email protected] or 518.859.1274

Albany, NY – “Every day working people have gone above and beyond to carry us through the pandemic, and for too many of them the cost has been their own health and even death.

Groups Push Back On Those Suggesting Revenues No Longer Needed 

For Immediate Release: 

March 29, 2021 

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2021

Contact: 
Ron Deutsch, NYFF, 518-469-6769
Darcy Wells, NYS AFL-CIO 518-859-1274
Matt Hamilton, NYSUT 518-570-0430 

Albany, NY – “The labor movement could not be more thankful for the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Senator Schumer promised he would help get New York through this pandemic and he has delivered on that promise. Because of his actions workers will be able to keep their union health insurance, struggling pension plans will be strengthened and the unemployed will receive extended benefits.

“The New York State AFL-CIO stands shoulder-to-shoulder with union members across the country in support of the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) ACT.

Albany, NY - The lives of hundreds of dedicated employees, their families, and an entire community has been upended by the callous decision of Siemens Energy to dramatically reduce the workforce at its Dresser-Rand facility in Olean.

The fact the company did not even sit down with workers or consult with the union before announcing the elimination of hundreds of jobs is unconscionable and frankly, unacceptable.

Shame on Siemens Energy for turning its back on the very people who have supported them for so many years.

Albany, NY - The new Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today finds the percentage of workers in New York State who belong to unions grew a full percentage point from 21.0 percent in 2019 to 22.0 percent in 2020.

“New York State continues to be among the states with the highest union membership rates in the country,” said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

Albany, NY – “Governor Cuomo detailed a bold and comprehensive plan to combat climate change by investing in our state's green energy generation infrastructure, transmission capacity and the supply chain,” said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

“Critically, the Governor’s call to require prevailing wage and project labor agreements will ensure that we create good jobs utilizing a highly skilled workforce in the process.

Albany, NY - "We congratulate New York’s Senior Senator Chuck Schumer on his imminent elevation to Majority Leader.  We also thank Georgia’s Labor Movement and union members from New York and all across the country who helped deliver Tuesday’s victory for working people," said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

Albany – The Department of Labor’s Wage Board process has proven a waste of time. The disappointing result is farmworkers will continue to suffer and not receive overtime after 40 hours like nearly every other worker in this state.  

Albany, NY - Once again, courts have affirmed what we have known all along, that app-based workers are employees.

Today, the Appellate Division, Third Department in Albany, New York upheld the New York State Department of Labor determination that rideshare drivers are employees for the purposes of unemployment insurance.