Press Releases

Albany - Restoring the constitutional requirement that the prevailing rate be paid to workers on publicly funded construction projects is a priority for the New York State Building and Const

Albany - Speaker Heastie and his leadership team have been at the forefront in advancing the real priorities of hardworking New Yorkers.

Manhattan - It is deeply disappointing that New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson seems to be unaware of the importance of the Scaffold Safety Law as it relates to the safety, health a

Manhattan, NY – Today the 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO announced the endorsement of New York City Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James for New York State Attorney General and the endorsement of Tom DiNapoli for re-election as New York State Comptroller.

The endorsements took place at the state federation’s 2018 Committee on Political Education (COPE) Convention at the Sheraton NY Times Square Hotel in New York City. More than 1,000 delegates, representing union members from the public sector, private sector and building trades, were in attendance.

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Manhattan, NY – Today the 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO announced the endorsement of United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in her bid for re-election as well as endorsements of candidates running for Congress in New York State.

Albany – “Today Governor Cuomo announced the state Department of Labor has issued guidelines for public employers in the wake of the recent Janus decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The guidelines clarify that New York law does not require current union members to take any further action or sign new union cards in order to maintain their union membership and benefit rights. It also clarifies that unions are not required to provide any documentation on behalf of those members in order to maintain the services they provide.

Albany – Today Governor Cuomo signed an executive order that will preserve the safety and privacy of public employees by ensuring that their personal information including cell phone, home phone and home address is not handed over to any unauthorized individual or organization that simply asks for it.

“By ensuring this vital protection, the governor is once again showing his commitment to stand up for the rights of working men and women,” said Mario Cilento, president of the NYS AFL-CIO.

Albany - Improving the lives of all working men and women is what defines us, not one court case.

The Janus v. AFSCME case has always been a thinly veiled attack on the rights of all working people to join together and speak with one voice.

New York’s labor movement, with 2.5 million members, will remain strong. In fact, today’s decision will only make us stronger and more determined to fight for better wages, benefits and conditions of employment, as well as for a brighter future for all workers and their families.

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.