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

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.

Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on "Buy American"

We thank Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein and Sen. Diane Savino for their commitment to “Buy American” and for recognizing this initiative provides a clear path to job creation. Buy American legislation has been a top priority of the Labor Movement. Not only will it stimulate manufacturing and produce good jobs, it will ensure state taxpayer dollars are used first and foremost for the benefit of New York State's economy.