Press Releases

Albany – “Governor Cuomo is once again standing up for working people by calling for an end to the exploitation of gig economy workers.

Albany – New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento testified today before the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Labor at

“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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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.