Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on Governor’s State of the State and Budget Address

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. And I commend him for doubling down on his commitment to ensure working people are treated fairly in our great state in the wake of the Janus decision. We look forward to working with the governor to grow the middle class by ensuring working people continue to have a voice in the workplace by building an even stronger labor movement.”


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