Press Releases

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

Albany, NY – “On behalf of the 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL‐CIO, I express my deep disappointment that the producers of the Home Box Office (HBO) miniseries ‘The Gilded Age’

Albany, NY – “Every day working people have gone above and beyond to carry us through the COVID-19 pandemic, and for too many of them the cost has been dire.

New York State Senator Pete Harckham will be receiving endorsements for his re-election from the New York State AFL-CIO and a number of other labor unions and labor groups during a news conference at Noon TOMORROW—Wednesday, September 16—at  United Association (UA) Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21, 1024 McKinley Street, Peekskill, NY.

Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, will be speaking at the event, which will be hosted by Thomas Carey, president of the Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body and business agent for UA Local 21.

Nineteen years ago we declared as a country that we would never forget those that perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We fought for benefits for the thousands of workers who became ill and sadly died from 9/11 related illnesses. Today, while we pay tribute to so many souls lost since that tragic day we remind those still suffering that there is health care and compensation programs available through the now permanent World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. It’s the least we can do for the many heroes still struggling today.

Albany - Today the 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO announced the endorsements of candidates running for office in the November 3, 2020 elections. 

Albany – Today, Mario Cilento was re-elected unanimously by the New York State AFL-CIO’s Executive Board to another four-year term as President.

Cilento has served as President since 2011, representing 2.5 million members from 3,000 affiliated public sector, private sector, and building trades unions throughout the state.

Albany - Throughout this pandemic we continue to witness the heroism and bravery of our frontline workers who provide vital public services each and every day. Now, the families of those courageous men and women who died from COVID-19, will get the line of duty death benefits they so rightly deserve.

Albany - Today the 2.5 million member New York State AFL‐CIO announced endorsements in primary races for Congress, the New York State Senate and Assembly and for the Congressional Special Election in Western New York.

The endorsements are the result of careful consideration and in coordination with union members living in the districts where the races are taking place.

Albany - Today, the New York State Court of Appeals decided that Luis Vega, a Postmates delivery person, as well as similarly situated workers, are employees for Unemployment Insurance purposes.  Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO, issued the following statement in response: 

“The Court of Appeals has confirmed what we have said all along – app-based employers have been misclassifying workers and denying them their rights for no other reason than their own bottom-line. 

Statement from Mario Cilento, New York State AFL-CIO President, on COVID-19

Albany - The continued spread of the novel coronavirus and unprecedented actions in response, are jarring to say the least, but also demonstrate the best in all of us.  Our capacity for good and compassion for one another is no more evident than the selflessness and professionalism demonstrated by union members across the state, but we cannot lose sight of the fact that they too will need support as this pandemic develops.