Press Releases

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

Albany, NY – “Every day working people have gone above and beyond to carry us through the pandemic, and for too many of them the cost has been their own health and even death.

Groups Push Back On Those Suggesting Revenues No Longer Needed 

For Immediate Release: 

March 29, 2021 

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2021

Ron Deutsch, NYFF, 518-469-6769
Darcy Wells, NYS AFL-CIO 518-859-1274
Matt Hamilton, NYSUT 518-570-0430 

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).

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.