Press Releases

Albany - Throughout this pandemic we continue to witness the heroism and bravery of our frontline workers who provide vital public services each and every day.

Albany - Today the 2.5 million member New York State AFL‐CIO announced endorsements in primary races for Congress, the New York State Senate

Albany - Today, the New York State Court of Appeals decided that Luis Vega, a Postmates delivery person, as well as similarly situated workers, are employees for Unemployment Insurance purpo

Statement from Mario Cilento, New York State AFL-CIO President, on COVID-19

Albany - The continued spread of the novel coronavirus and unprecedented actions in response, are jarring to say the least, but also demonstrate the best in all of us.  Our capacity for good and compassion for one another is no more evident than the selflessness and professionalism demonstrated by union members across the state, but we cannot lose sight of the fact that they too will need support as this pandemic develops.

Albany – “The House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, (PRO) Act, H.R. 2474, a bill that would make the most significant changes to labor law in decades,” said Mario Cilento, president of the NYS AFL-CIO.

“The Pro Act would ensure a process for reaching a first contract once a union is recognized, impose penalties against employers who retaliate against organizing drives and provide more substantial relief for workers whose rights have been violated.

Albany - "Once again New York State is leading the nation in protecting working people. Today, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that will allow striking workers to file for unemployment benefits two weeks after being out on strike. This is a huge victory for unionized workers who until now had to endure an incredible hardship by waiting seven weeks to claim unemployment benefits.

Albany - "Some App companies continue to use fear tactics to convince their workers that the flexibility of their work will go away if they’re granted rights and protections other workers enjoy. Don’t buy into it. We can have fairness and flexibility," said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

Albany – “Governor Cuomo is once again standing up for working people by calling for an end to the exploitation of gig economy workers. I applaud the governor for his commitment to ensure gig economy workers are treated equally and fairly. We look forward to working with the governor and legislature to pass legislation that guarantees these workers will no longer be denied the rights and protections all other working men and women enjoy."

Albany – New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento testified today before the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Labor at a public hearing on Workers in the Gig Economy.

Cilento stressed to lawmakers that it is imperative workers in the gig economy be considered employees and must not be left behind when it comes to worker protections and rights.

New York– New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento testified today before the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Internet and Technology at a public hearing examining the gig economy.

Cilento told lawmakers that gig workers must be treated equally and fairly and have all the same rights and protections as all other employees.