Press Releases

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

I thank Governor Hochul for taking decisive action, particularly on Labor Day, to ensure the critically important NY HERO Act is applied as intended, to protect workers from COVID-19 and futur

Albany, NY – Earlier today, New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento welcomed Governor Kathy Hochul to a

Albany, NY - Farmworkers are once again being treated as less than other workers when it comes to being paid overtime for the challenging work they do.

Albany, NY – “On behalf of the 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL-CIO, I applaud the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO for voting to elect Liz Shuler as President to serve out the remainder of Richard Trumka’s term,” said Mario Cilento, president of the NYS AFL-CIO.

Albany, NY - We are shocked and deeply saddened to have learned today of the passing of one of the true giants of the labor movement, Richard Trumka.

Throughout his 50 years of service to the Labor Movement, there was no one more tenacious in fighting for what he believed in; improving the lives of working people.

Albany, NY – “The first job of any elected official is keeping safe the people they serve; it is clear from the appalling findings of the Attorney General’s report, Governor Cuomo failed to do that. We fought for and won the very worker protections that were violated; there must be accountability without exception. Governor Cuomo can no longer lead the state.”

 

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’ are denying musicians the right to union representation,” said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

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. That is why the NY HERO Act is so critically important. It will help ensure a safer working environment moving forward.

“This pandemic exposed the weaknesses in workplace safety. This legislation will help ensure that employers take every reasonable measure necessary to keep workers safe on the job.

Albany, NY – “Our healthcare system was overwhelmed during the height of the COVID pandemic, shining a glaring light on the desperate need for safe staffing levels in our hospitals and nursing homes. It was nurses and direct care workers who rose to the challenge treating patients and saving lives under unimaginable circumstances. That is why the two bills that passed today are so critically important.

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.