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 –  “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.

From the Governor's statement:

  Manhattan, NY - The 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL-CIO stand with our brothers and sisters of TWU Local 252 in their fight for a fair contract.   These dedicated men and women will have the full resources of the New York State AFL-CIO at their disposal throughout this fight.
Thank you! Your hard work made the difference and because of it working men and women have defeated the Constitutional Convention ballot proposal! This is a tremendous victory for organized labor in New York and for all working people. This has been the priority issue for us here at the New York State AFL-CIO for the past two years.