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

Let's call it what it is; an attack on the freedom of working men and women to have a voice in the workplace. Well-funded powerful corporations are behind this case and are out to destroy the American dream. Here in New York, we are ready, we are organized, and we are making sure our members, the general public, and all elected officials understand that the labor movement is the backbone of the middle class.   Without the middle class, our state and national economy collapses. We will not allow that to happen.
Tomorrow, one of the nation's top labor champions, Governor Cuomo, and national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will join thousands of union members in support of IBEW Local 3 against Charter Communications/Spectrum in their fight for a fair contract.
Albany - The New York State AFL-CIO is mobilizing its 2.5 million members, retirees and their families around a “Week of Action” beginning Monday, July 17, 2017 against the Senate Republican Health Care Bill. The Republican proposed health care plan would take away health benefits from tens of millions of people and allow insurance companies to charge people with cancer, diabetes and other illnesses tens of thousands more for care they need to survive.
Albany - “This is a victory for all New Yorkers. Requiring American made iron and steel products for New York's roads and bridges is a wise investment for the future of our economy. "Buy American, will create and maintain solid middle-class jobs, strengthen local economies and give a much needed shot in the arm to the manufacturing industry right here at home in New York. It ensures our hard-earned tax dollars are not sent overseas and are invested back into our own workforce.
Albany - “The No. 1 priority of the Labor Movement is always to help working men and women achieve a better life, and it is with that in mind we are pleased with the final state budget,” said New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. “A key piece included in the final spending plan will make it easier for union members to deduct the cost of their union dues from their state taxes. “This new benefit will put an estimated $35 million back into the pockets of our members in private sector, public sector, and building trades unions throughout the state.
Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on Andrew Puzder "On behalf of the 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL-CIO, I want to thank Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for leading the fight to oppose Andrew Puzder's confirmation as Labor Secretary. There was never any question that Mr. Puzder was the wrong choice.

UPDATE! Feb 14, 2017 - The contract ratification announced today between members of IUE-CWA Local 81359-81380 is welcome news.