Press Releases

“The collective voice of working people was heard tonight with victories for Labor’s candidates for Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller and U.S. Senate.

Albany - "Over the last few days, elected officials across the state from Governor Andrew Cuomo to Public Advo

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.

Albany –  “Over the past few days, a troubling pattern has emerged in Cynthia Nixon’s gubernatorial campaign. She has not once, but twice shown an alarming disregard for working men and women.

First, Ms. Nixon undermined a program that has helped thousands of workers, calling the film industry tax incentives unnecessary.  In fact, those incentives have proven to be job creators. Unions in the entertainment industry are now at, or near full employment as a result of the program.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Albany - On behalf of the 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL-CIO, I send by deepest condolences to the family of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. I am so saddened to hear of her passing. Rep. Slaughter was a true champion of the labor movement who fought hard to protect the rights and enhance the lives of working men and women. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this most difficult time.

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Albany, NY - The New York State AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union members, retirees and their families today endorsed Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi for Congress. Brindisi is challenging U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney in the 22nd Congressional District.
“We need someone in Washington who will protect our health care, create more jobs, fight for fair wages and make workplace safety a priority, which his opponent has failed to do,” said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

Albany, NY - On behalf of the 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL-CIO, I congratulate Peter Ward, president of the New York Hotel Trades Council for his leadership in securing a fair contract agreement with the Hilton Albany and for safeguarding important benefits for his members and their families.

I am also very proud of the dedicated HTC members who maintained a presence outside the Hilton Albany for four months, never once wavering during this labor dispute.

Albany - “The Labor Movement has a long and proud history in New York State, and our numbers continue to grow," said New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. According to the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York State gained 75,000 union members in 2017 to remain the most unionized state in the country. Union membership increased to 23.8 percent of the workforce.

Albany - As the most unionized state in this country, it is fitting that Governor Cuomo wants New York to lead the way in protecting the rights of workers. We applaud the governor for his commitment to ensure working people continue to have a voice in the workplace, and for recognizing a strong labor movement is the key to raising the standard of living and quality of life for all working people.

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