Press Releases

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

UPDATE! Feb 14, 2017 - The contract ratification announced today between members of IUE-CWA Local 81359-81380 is welcome news.

New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento Congratulates TWU on Tentative Contract

“Congratulations to the members of Transport Workers Union Local 100 for winning a tentative contract with strong economic gains that puts workers ahead of inflation without concessions,” said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

 Albany, NY - “We thank Governor Cuomo for setting the standard for the rest of the country by prioritizing Buy American legislation,” said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO.

Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on "Buy American"

We thank Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein and Sen. Diane Savino for their commitment to “Buy American” and for recognizing this initiative provides a clear path to job creation. Buy American legislation has been a top priority of the Labor Movement. Not only will it stimulate manufacturing and produce good jobs, it will ensure state taxpayer dollars are used first and foremost for the benefit of New York State's economy.
Media Advisory Immediate Release:      Monday, December 12, 2016 For more information:  Mark Emanation (518) 779-5059 Dom Patrignani (518) 935-3445 Darcy Wells (518) 859-1274  

Solidarity Rally for IUE-CWA Local 81359/81380 Members in their Fight for a Fair Contract

Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on Columbia University Graduate Students Vote to Join UAW The decision by Columbia graduate students, who have overwhelmingly voted to join the United Auto Workers (UAW), is a tremendous victory for the organized labor movement. They have ensured that from this point forward, their voices will be heard at the workplace.
Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on New Payroll Card Regulations “The New York State AFL-CIO raised concerns about prepaid payroll cards years ago as workers were increasingly being paid with the debit cards. The paychecks, particularly of low-wage workers were being severely cut by fees and other concealed costs. Now, with these new rules in place, which provide workers with the strongest protections in the country, we can be assured workers' rights and their hard earned wages are protected.