Press Releases

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Albany, NY - "The Build Back Better framework announced by President Biden is exactly what our country needs right now," said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO.

Albany, NY - “Today we welcome our first farmworker siblings into the labor family,” said New York State AFL-C

I thank Governor Hochul for taking decisive action, particularly on Labor Day, to ensure the critically important NY HERO Act is applied as intended, to protect workers from COVID-19 and futur

Albany, NY – Earlier today, New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento welcomed Governor Kathy Hochul to a special meeting of the federation’s executive board.

“Throughout her career in public service, Governor Kathy Hochul has demonstrated a clear commitment to improving the lives of union members and all working people across the state,” said Cilento.

“She has always been a friend and supporter of organized labor and working people.

Albany, NY - Farmworkers are once again being treated as less than other workers when it comes to being paid overtime for the challenging work they do.

After delaying for a year, the New York Department of Labor’s Farm Wage Board will soon restart the process of determining how to get farmworkers from the 60-hour per week overtime threshold to the same 40-hour per week threshold that all other employees have.

Albany, NY – “On behalf of the 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL-CIO, I applaud the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO for voting to elect Liz Shuler as President to serve out the remainder of Richard Trumka’s term,” said Mario Cilento, president of the NYS AFL-CIO.

Albany, NY - We are shocked and deeply saddened to have learned today of the passing of one of the true giants of the labor movement, Richard Trumka.

Throughout his 50 years of service to the Labor Movement, there was no one more tenacious in fighting for what he believed in; improving the lives of working people.

Albany, NY – “The first job of any elected official is keeping safe the people they serve; it is clear from the appalling findings of the Attorney General’s report, Governor Cuomo failed to do that. We fought for and won the very worker protections that were violated; there must be accountability without exception. Governor Cuomo can no longer lead the state.”


Albany, NY – “On behalf of the 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL‐CIO, I express my deep disappointment that the producers of the Home Box Office (HBO) miniseries ‘The Gilded Age’ are denying musicians the right to union representation,” said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

Albany, NY – “Every day working people have gone above and beyond to carry us through the COVID-19 pandemic, and for too many of them the cost has been dire. That is why the NY HERO Act is so critically important. It will help ensure a safer working environment moving forward.

“This pandemic exposed the weaknesses in workplace safety. This legislation will help ensure that employers take every reasonable measure necessary to keep workers safe on the job.

Albany, NY – “Our healthcare system was overwhelmed during the height of the COVID pandemic, shining a glaring light on the desperate need for safe staffing levels in our hospitals and nursing homes. It was nurses and direct care workers who rose to the challenge treating patients and saving lives under unimaginable circumstances. That is why the two bills that passed today are so critically important.