Press Releases

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

Albany, NY – “On behalf of the 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL‐CIO, I express my deep disappointment that the producers of the Home Box Office (HBO) miniseries ‘The Gilded Age’

Albany, NY – “Every day working people have gone above and beyond to carry us through the COVID-19 pandemic, and for too many of them the cost has been dire.

Albany, NY – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento for a virtual forum to discuss the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act and why labor law reform is so desperately needed in this country.

The Facebook Live event was held on Thursday, April 29th. You can watch the entire event here.

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. The least we can do as a state is help ensure that their employers take every reasonable measure necessary to keep them safe on the job.

“This pandemic has exposed the weaknesses in workplace safety. The NY HERO Act changes that by ensuring workers have a safe working environment now, and just as important, for future communicable disease events.

Groups Push Back On Those Suggesting Revenues No Longer Needed 

For Immediate Release: 

March 29, 2021 

Ron Deutsch, NYFF, 518-469-6769 
Darcy Wells, NYS AFL-CIO 518-859-1274 
Matt Hamilton, NYSUT 518-570-0430 
Peter Cook, NYSCOC, 508-380-8289 

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2021

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.