Press Releases

Albany - Today is the culmination of a decades-long fight centered upon one simple premise: that farmworkers deserve fairness, equality and justice.

Albany - "I applaud the Appellate Division, Third Department for today’s decision upholding the New York State constitution and affirming that in this state, organizing and collective bargai

Albany - "No amount of next-day-spin can change the fact that Cynthia Nixon simply fell flat in her first debate performance. She showed New York voters that she lacks the experience, judgement and vision to lead this state. She was no match for Governor Cuomo who has proven what it takes to be a great leader through action and deed and no amount of desperate attacks on cable news channels can change that."

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Hempstead, NY – Earlier this evening New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento attended the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Debate at Hofstra University and issued the following statement.

Albany, NY - “This is exactly what I would expect from someone who is working off the script of right wing conservative ideologues in Washington whose sole purpose is to vilify working people and their unions. Marc Molinaro predictably casts aside the vital role working men and women play, not just at the MTA, but to the economic well-being of our state. He would rather blame workers for subway repair costs than recognize New York's highly trained and skilled workforce is the only thing that keeps our state moving forward.”  

Manhattan, NY – At a meeting of the state federation’s Executive Council on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, the New York State AFL-CIO unanimously adopted a resolution demanding the immediate release of former Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known as “Lula” following his imprisonment on April 7, 2018.

Manhattan, NY – Today the 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO announced the endorsements of candidates running for State Senate and Assembly.

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. 

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.