Press Releases

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives took the long and overdue step of voting to fully fund and make permanent the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

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

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.

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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