Press Releases

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

Albany, NY - Today, the 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO announced the endorsements of candidates running in primary races for New York State Assembly.

Albany, NY – “The New York State budget includes several victories for working people.

Albany, NY – “The Farm Laborers Wage Board made the right decision recommending a phased-in overtime plan that will create equity and equality for farmworkers,” said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

“The New York State AFL-CIO has fought alongside farmworkers for more than 20 years to reach this goal. The phased-in overtime threshold will get these hard-working men and women to the same 40-hour standard for overtime as other workers. 

Albany, NY - "I’m pleased to announce that today, the New York State AFL-CIO Executive Council voted to endorse Kathy Hochul for Governor," said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

"Throughout her career in public service, Kathy has always been a strong advocate for working people.

“Within days of becoming governor, she took the time to meet with our board members to listen to their concerns, giving each of them an opportunity to discuss the priorities of their unions and their members.

Albany, NY - Today, the 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO announced the endorsement of United States Senator Charles E. Schumer in his bid for re-election.

New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento said, “When it comes to fighting for working people, Chuck Schumer has set the gold standard.

“He delivered $13.5 billion for New York roads and bridges, secured $25 billion for New York public transportation, $2.5 billion for water infrastructure and billions for airport relief and development.

Albany, NY - "The Build Back Better framework announced by President Biden is exactly what our country needs right now," said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO.

"It will create millions of good- paying union jobs, while providing much needed relief to working families.

"The framework will also combat climate change and finally make big corporations pay their fair share.

Albany, NY - “Today we welcome our first farmworker siblings into the labor family,” said New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento.”

“The historic PERB certification means for the first time, and because of the passage of the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act, farmworkers will be part of a union that will give them the dignity and respect they deserve.

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 future communicable disease events. 

From day one, Governor Hochul promised to work collaboratively with the Legislature and Labor, and she has delivered on that promise by signing into law several bills that will improve the lives of working people. 

Albany, NY – Earlier today, New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento welcomed Governor Kathy Hochul to a special meeting of the federation’s executive board.

“Throughout her career in public service, Governor Kathy Hochul has demonstrated a clear commitment to improving the lives of union members and all working people across the state,” said Cilento.

“She has always been a friend and supporter of organized labor and working people.

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.

After delaying for a year, the New York Department of Labor’s Farm Wage Board will soon restart the process of determining how to get farmworkers from the 60-hour per week overtime threshold to the same 40-hour per week threshold that all other employees have.