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 – 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. 

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.