Joint Statement from NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento and NYS Building & Construction Trades Council President James Cahill on Prevailing Rate

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.

To expedite that process, we support discussions to address affordable housing and establish reasonable thresholds for projects financed by IDAs and LDCs, or as an alternative, to allow the Department of Labor to continue to be a part of that process.


The New York State AFL-CIO is a federation of 3,000 unions, representing 2.5 million members, retirees and their families with one goal; to raise the standard of living and quality of life of all working people. We keep New York State Union Strong by fighting for better wages, better benefits and better working conditions. For more information on the Labor Movement in New York, visit