Press Releases

“The collective voice of working people was heard tonight with victories for Labor’s candidates for Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller and U.S. Senate.

Albany - "Over the last few days, elected officials across the state from Governor Andrew Cuomo to Public Advo

Albany - The New York State AFL-CIO submitted testimony today to the New York State Department of Labor on the subminimum wage. The Federation is calling on the state to end minimum wage tip credits and instead, require employers to pay one fair wage.

“Too many service industry workers have been taken advantage of for far too long,” said Mario Cilento, president of the NYS AFL-CIO.

Albany – Today, Mario Cilento president of the New York State AFL-CIO thanked Governor Andrew Cuomo for his support of the 250 union members who work at the former Dresser-Rand manufacturing plant in Wellsville, New York.

“Governor Cuomo, as he has done so many times before, recognizes not only the value of the workforce at the plant but the economic impact those jobs have on the region,” Cilento said. 

Albany - The 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO today announced the endorsements of candidates running for Congress in the 9th, 16th and 25th Congressional Districts.

The federation endorsed Rep. Yvette Clarke in the 9th Congressional District and Rep. Eliot Engel in the 16th District. The state AFL-CIO also endorsed Joseph Morelle’s candidacy for Congress in the 25th District.

Albany - "On Saturday, April 28th, in cities, towns and communities across this country and throughout the world we remember working men and women who have suffered and died on the job.

One worker who does not return home from work is too many, yet here in New York State, 272 workers lost their lives in 2016, the most current data available. That’s 272 families that had to endure the heart wrenching news that their loved one would not return home from a day of work.

Albany – “On behalf of the 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL-CIO I congratulate the Transport Workers Union and their President John Samuelsen on today’s overwhelming vote to unionize JetBlue flight attendants," said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO.

"We are a stronger movement today as we continue to fight back against those who seek to diminish organized labor.

"On behalf of the 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL-CIO I congratulate the dedicated nurses at Albany Medical Center in their victory to join a union. These hard-working men and women will now be members of the highly regarded New York State Nurses Association. I welcome our new brothers and sisters to the Labor Movement, the best step you can take to ensure you have a voice in the workplace and to advocate on behalf of your patients to provide the best quality care."

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“Governor Cuomo showed that he understands and appreciates that when unions are strong, our country is strong and all working people - union and those not yet organized - do better. He has demonstrated through his actions that while right wing ideologues in Congress and across this country seek to silence the voice of workers, New York is different. I want to thank the governor for his strong leadership on this issue, for standing up for the middle class and for setting a standard for every elected official in this country.”

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Albany, NY – The 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO today announced early endorsements of candidates running in congressional races and in special elections for State Senate and Assembly.

The federation endorsed U.S. Representatives Daniel Donovan (R-NY 11), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY 12) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY 14) for reelection.