Press Releases

Albany – “Governor Cuomo has once again shown his unwavering commitment to stand up for all working men and women declaring New York State a “national champion for organized labor.” As he hi

Albany - "Governor Cuomo was truly inspirational today. As he highlighted his legislative priorities, he recognized that a strong labor movement is the key to building the middle class.

Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on Worker Safety Legislation We are pleased Governor Cuomo has signed into law important safety bills that will help deter violence against workers providing public services. Utility workers must often enter private residences alone, deliver unwelcome news and as such, are routinely subject to threats, harassment or worse.
Albany -“Our affiliates in the private sector, public sector and building trades were united in recognizing the important role existing nuclear facilities, like the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant have in our communities and in our future. “Our members joined with our community allies to make their voices heard at hearings, on petitions, and through letters, and today we celebrate those efforts.
Albany – Today, the 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO announced the early endorsements of Senators Toby Ann Stavisky and Gustavo Rivera and Assembly members Harry Bronson and Victor Pichardo for re-election. The State Federation also announced the early endorsement of Jamaal Bailey in the Senate seat being vacated by Ruth Hassell-Thompson.
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.