Press Releases

Albany - Today is the culmination of a decades-long fight centered upon one simple premise: that farmworkers deserve fairness, equality and justice.

Albany - "I applaud the Appellate Division, Third Department for today’s decision upholding the New York State constitution and affirming that in this state, organizing and collective bargai

Albany – “To be clear, organized labor in the state of New York will not rest until farmworkers are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. It is disgraceful that in the year 2019 farmworkers, who perform demanding and dangerous work, still do not enjoy the same basic rights and protections as all other workers.



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Albany - Restoring the constitutional requirement that the prevailing rate be paid to workers on publicly funded construction projects is a priority for the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council and has the full support of the New York State AFL-CIO.

This issue needs to be included in this year’s state budget so that taxpayers can be confident we are creating middle class jobs for New Yorkers when public funds are used.

Albany - Speaker Heastie and his leadership team have been at the forefront in advancing the real priorities of hardworking New Yorkers. They have consistently stood up to protect worker rights including important worker safety legislation, bills to prevent wage theft and just recently the passage of legislation to create good middle-class jobs by clarifying that the definition of public works applies when taxpayer dollars are used on economic development projects.

Manhattan - It is deeply disappointing that New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson seems to be unaware of the importance of the Scaffold Safety Law as it relates to the safety, health and well-being of working men and women.

For the most part, Speaker Johnson has demonstrated an understanding of the priorities of working men and women. Unfortunately, his misguided MTA reform plan has been seized upon by anti-labor, anti-worker groups motivated by profits at the expense of worker safety.

Albany – “Governor Cuomo has once again shown his unwavering commitment to stand up for all working men and women declaring New York State a “national champion for organized labor.” As he highlighted his legislative priorities, he called for enacting the most pro-labor protections in the country by aggressively protecting the right to organize and collectively bargain. I applaud the governor for calling for construction projects with public subsidies to be subject to prevailing wage to ensure they are built properly.

Albany - "Governor Cuomo was truly inspirational today. As he highlighted his legislative priorities, he recognized that a strong labor movement is the key to building the middle class. We applaud the governor for doubling down on his commitment to ensure working people are treated fairly in our great state. Not only did the governor vow to protect all public employees in labor unions, including those who work for local governments; he recognized the need to address the emerging gig economy to ensure workers have the basic rights all working men and women deserve."