Press Releases

Albany – “Governor Cuomo is once again standing up for working people by calling for an end to the exploitation of gig economy workers.

Albany – New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento testified today before the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Labor at

New York - "It is timely that while support continues to grow for members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in their fight against Verizon's corporate greed – a new AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch exposes the pay inequality between CEOs and average workers.
NEW YORK - "For decades the New York State AFL-CIO has pursued a legislative strategy to secure the same rights for farmworkers that all other classifications of workers currently enjoy including the right to organize. We applaud the NYCLU for bringing this important issue to the forefront and we appreciate the fact Governor Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recognize the injustice in the labor law. We need to stop treating farmworkers as second class citizens. They deserve to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect."
Albany - Every day on average, 13 workers die in this country as a result of workplace injuries. And, every year in cities, towns and communities across America we gather on Workers' Memorial Day to remember our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives on the job. The Labor Movement is the single most important entity toward ensuring a better life for working men and women. We fight for better wages and benefits, but we also fight for better conditions of employment which results in safer working conditions.
Albany, NY -  “Our brothers and sisters represented by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will have the full resources of the New York State AFL-CIO at their disposal throughout this contract fight,” said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO. “This is a statewide priority of the labor movement from Buffalo to Long Island. We will mobilize our 2.5 million members and 3,000 local unions all across New York to join them in this battle for as long as it takes.
Manhattan, NY – Federal, State and City leaders joined labor, environmental, progressive and consumer groups today, Thursday, April 7, 2016, on the steps of City Hall to show their unified opposition to the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and to urge all members of Congress to defeat the proposed trade agreement if it comes to a vote.

“The Labor Movement has a long and proud history in New York State, and that strength continues today," said New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. “I'm pleased the latest numbers indicate our Movement is growing.”