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

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

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.

Albany – “The House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, (PRO) Act, H.R. 2474, a bill that would make the most significant changes to labor law in decades,” said Mario Cilento, president of the NYS AFL-CIO.

“The Pro Act would ensure a process for reaching a first contract once a union is recognized, impose penalties against employers who retaliate against organizing drives and provide more substantial relief for workers whose rights have been violated.

Albany - "Once again New York State is leading the nation in protecting working people. Today, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that will allow striking workers to file for unemployment benefits two weeks after being out on strike. This is a huge victory for unionized workers who until now had to endure an incredible hardship by waiting seven weeks to claim unemployment benefits.

Albany - "Some App companies continue to use fear tactics to convince their workers that the flexibility of their work will go away if they’re granted rights and protections other workers enjoy. Don’t buy into it. We can have fairness and flexibility," said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

Albany – “Governor Cuomo is once again standing up for working people by calling for an end to the exploitation of gig economy workers. I applaud the governor for his commitment to ensure gig economy workers are treated equally and fairly. We look forward to working with the governor and legislature to pass legislation that guarantees these workers will no longer be denied the rights and protections all other working men and women enjoy."