Press Releases

“The collective voice of working people was heard tonight with victories for Labor’s candidates for Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller and U.S. Senate.

Albany - "Over the last few days, elected officials across the state from Governor Andrew Cuomo to Public Advo

Albany, NY - “We applaud Governor Cuomo for recognizing the vital role nuclear energy has in the state's clean energy plan,” said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO. “We are encouraged the state is committed to working with all parties to come to an agreement that will continue the operation of the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego. “This is an important issue for the entire Labor Movement.
Today we mourn the loss of one of the true giants of the labor movement. This morning Edward J. Cleary, the former president of the New York State AFL-CIO passed away at his home in Florida. He was 86 years old. Ed was a towering figure not only in our statewide movement but across the country. Throughout his nearly half century of service to the Labor Movement, Ed was one of the most innovative and successful labor leaders we have ever had. He had a commanding presence that could not be ignored by those he came into contact with particularly in the political arena and business community.
Albany – The New York State AFL-CIO, which represents 2.5 million union members, is pleased the National AFL-CIO has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento said, “I am proud that our friend, a true champion for the middle class is labors endorsed candidate for President. Hillary worked closely with our local affiliates on behalf of working men and women throughout the state of New York when she served with such distinction as a United States Senator.

Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on Assembly Passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act

Albany - The New York State AFL-CIO today announced the early endorsements of U.S. Representatives Jerry Nadler (D – NY 10), Carolyn Maloney (D – NY 12) and Louise Slaughter (D – NY 25) for reelection.
"Just two days after Memorial Day, it is fitting that we honor those who served our country, not just in words, but in actions. We thank Governor Cuomo for signing the veterans' service credit bill, recognizing honorably discharged service men and women who sacrificed so much for all of us. By approving this bill the governor is validating the service of all of our veterans and for the first time equally recognizing the women who proudly served our country.
New York - "It is timely that while support continues to grow for members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in their fight against Verizon's corporate greed – a new AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch exposes the pay inequality between CEOs and average workers.
NEW YORK - "For decades the New York State AFL-CIO has pursued a legislative strategy to secure the same rights for farmworkers that all other classifications of workers currently enjoy including the right to organize. We applaud the NYCLU for bringing this important issue to the forefront and we appreciate the fact Governor Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recognize the injustice in the labor law. We need to stop treating farmworkers as second class citizens. They deserve to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect."