Press Releases

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

Albany - "I applaud the Appellate Division, Third Department for today’s decision upholding the New York State constitution and affirming that in this state, organizing and collective bargai

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.

New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento Congratulates TWU on Tentative Contract

“Congratulations to the members of Transport Workers Union Local 100 for winning a tentative contract with strong economic gains that puts workers ahead of inflation without concessions,” said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

 Albany, NY - “We thank Governor Cuomo for setting the standard for the rest of the country by prioritizing Buy American legislation,” said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO.