Press Releases

Albany - Restoring the constitutional requirement that the prevailing rate be paid to workers on publicly funded construction projects is a priority for the New York State Building and Const

Albany - Speaker Heastie and his leadership team have been at the forefront in advancing the real priorities of hardworking New Yorkers.

Manhattan - It is deeply disappointing that New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson seems to be unaware of the importance of the Scaffold Safety Law as it relates to the safety, health a

Manhattan - Today, the 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO announced the endorsement of United States Senator Charles E. Schumer in his bid for re-election. The endorsement took place at the State Federation's 33rd Constitutional Convention at the Sheraton NY Times Square Hotel in New York City. More than one thousand delegates, representing union members from the public sector, private sector and building trades, were in attendance.
Manhattan -Today, the 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO announced the endorsements of candidates running for State Senate and Assembly. The endorsements took place at the State Federation's 33rd Constitutional Convention at the Sheraton NY Times Square Hotel in New York City. More than one thousand delegates, representing union members from the public sector, private sector and building trades, were in attendance.
Cilento Unanimously Re-elected President of the New York State AFL-CIO Manhattan – Mario Cilento was re-elected unanimously by the delegates of the 33rd Constitutional Convention of the New York State AFL-CIO to a four year term as president. The election took place today at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York City. As president, Cilento represents 2.5 million members from 3,000 affiliated public sector, private sector, and building trades unions throughout the state.
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.