Press Releases

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

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.

Albany, NY - “Today we welcome our first farmworker siblings into the labor family,” said New York State AFL-C

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 futur

Albany, NY – “Governor Cuomo detailed a bold and comprehensive plan to combat climate change by investing in our state's green energy generation infrastructure, transmission capacity and the supply chain,” said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

“Critically, the Governor’s call to require prevailing wage and project labor agreements will ensure that we create good jobs utilizing a highly skilled workforce in the process.

Albany, NY - "We congratulate New York’s Senior Senator Chuck Schumer on his imminent elevation to Majority Leader.  We also thank Georgia’s Labor Movement and union members from New York and all across the country who helped deliver Tuesday’s victory for working people," said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

Albany – The Department of Labor’s Wage Board process has proven a waste of time. The disappointing result is farmworkers will continue to suffer and not receive overtime after 40 hours like nearly every other worker in this state.  

Albany, NY - Once again, courts have affirmed what we have known all along, that app-based workers are employees.

Today, the Appellate Division, Third Department in Albany, New York upheld the New York State Department of Labor determination that rideshare drivers are employees for the purposes of unemployment insurance.

Albany, NY - We applaud the Governor's announcement yesterday to advance up to $1.5 Billion to preserve vital services threatened by cash flow issues and to prevent additional cuts. This action will stave off layoffs through the foreseeable future.  It will also provide New York with a clearer picture of the economic landscape and allow us to have a better idea of federal funding to state and local governments, led by the efforts of the Biden administration.

Albany - Today, Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt and GOP lawmakers called on Governor Cuomo to hold-off on the scheduled increase in the state’s minimum wage, right in the middle of a pandemic that has hit lower income earners the hardest.

NYC - The dedicated and hard-working stagehands, shop crew members and designers of Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) have been out of work throughout the coronavirus pandemic after the Metropolitan Opera house shut down. Now, adding insult to injury, the Met has locked out these workers in a despicable attempt to use this crisis as leverage during contract negotiations.

Today, Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO, issued the following statement in response to the misguided effort by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) to deprive workers of representation by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).