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, 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.
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.