Press Releases

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 House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, (PRO) Act, H.R.

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.

Albany, NY - The 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL-CIO stand with our brothers and sisters of UAW across this country including here in New York State at Local 774 in Buffalo, Local 686 in Lockport and Local 1097 in Rochester, in their fight for a fair contract. 

These dedicated men and women work hard every day and are the reason GM has been able to make record-level profits.

Albany - I applaud the California Labor Movement and elected officials for passing AB 5, a landmark bill that will provide basic protections to app-based workers in the growing gig economy.

Building on the historic success of our brothers and sisters in California, here in New York State we will not rest until app workers are afforded the same rights as other hardworking men and women, including the ability to join together to form a union.