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

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.

Albany, NY –  “New York is taking bold and decisive action against the scourge of sexual harassment in the workplace.

This legislation is an important step to ensure we are not only changing the law, but the culture that has made sexual harassment so pervasive.

Albany – “Once again, New York is leading the rest of the country in protecting the rights of working men and women. The Janus v AFSCME case before the U.S. Supreme Court is an attempt to weaken all sectors of the labor movement, but here in New York State workers will have the protections they need to be able to continue to have a unified voice in the workplace,” said New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento.