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

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."
Albany - Every day on average, 13 workers die in this country as a result of workplace injuries. And, every year in cities, towns and communities across America we gather on Workers' Memorial Day to remember our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives on the job. The Labor Movement is the single most important entity toward ensuring a better life for working men and women. We fight for better wages and benefits, but we also fight for better conditions of employment which results in safer working conditions.
Albany, NY -  “Our brothers and sisters represented by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will have the full resources of the New York State AFL-CIO at their disposal throughout this contract fight,” said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO. “This is a statewide priority of the labor movement from Buffalo to Long Island. We will mobilize our 2.5 million members and 3,000 local unions all across New York to join them in this battle for as long as it takes.