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The Needs of Injured Workers Must Come Before the Pursuit of Greater Profit February 1, 2016 - 3:40pm The Needs of Injured Workers Must Come Before the Pursuit of Greater Profit The NYS AFL-CIO is opposed to changes to the workers' compensation system that are included in the Executive Budget proposal. Additional proposals coming from the business community would alter the system to such an extent that many injured workers could never expect to maintain a decent standard of living.
Let's Make NY Next for Paid Family Leave February 2, 2016 - 5:21pm "Paid Family Leave is just as much a societal issue as it is a workplace issue," said New York State AFL-CIO President, Mario Cilento. "No one should have to choose between providing emotional support for a family member and a paycheck. The New York State AFL-CIO remains committed to ensuring workers can put family first. We applaud Speaker Heastie and Assemblywoman Nolan for their leadership and the Assembly Majority for their ongoing support on this critical issue."
Stop The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) February 8, 2016 - 7:56pm Earlier this week, representatives of the United States and 11 other countries signed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), setting the stage for our advocacy to stop the massive trade deal in Congress.
It is critical that working people raise their voices and let members of Congress know that if the TPP comes up for a vote, we are going to kill it once and for all.
Campaign For Patient Safety Launches February 9, 2016 - 6:42pm
Today we proudly stood with our coalition partners to ask New York State to simply put patients above profits. #SafeStaffingSavesLives
Stop Starving CUNY February 16, 2016 - 4:43pm Stand with CUNY workers. Each year, the City University of New York provides a path to upward mobility for tens of thousands of New Yorkers from all backgrounds. Enrollment is up at CUNY, where its employees go to work every day to create a first-rate education environment. From maintenance workers and housekeepers to college assistants and clerical workers, the women and men are committed to opening the door to opportunity for students in a world-class institution.
Black History is Deeper and Longer Than a Month February 16, 2016 - 7:51pm How do we take 29 days to tell the tale of 400 years? How do we consolidate our experience that encompasses multiple continents, numerous generations, and centuries of anguish into a shortened calendar month? We do it by existing, by striving, by surviving.
Bus Tour Launches as Part of Push to Raise NY Wages February 23, 2016 - 5:00pm

MARIO CUOMO CAMPAIGN FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE LAUNCHES ‘DRIVE FOR $15' BUS TOUR AS PART OF PUSH TO RAISE STATEWIDE MINIMUM WAGE

Governor Cuomo, 1199 SEIU, NYS AFL-CIO, PEF, IBT Local 237, Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, Teamsters & NYS Nurses Association Rally in Manhattan, Bronx & Long Island to Fight for Fair Pay

Governor Urges Legislature to Pass $15 Phased-In Minimum Wage this Legislative Session

Proposed Changes to Labor and Transparency Protections in Public Works Should Send Up Red Flags February 29, 2016 - 2:41pm Oppose Changes to Labor & Transparency Protections in Public Works Often billed as ways to lower the cost of projects or speed up the timeline for completing projects, proposals like "design/build", "best value" or "public/private partnerships" should send up red flags as they often result in higher costs, lower quality and less pubic oversight.
Labor Continues to Grow in New York State March 8, 2016 - 12:09pm

“The Labor Movement has a long and proud history in New York State, and that strength continues today," said New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. “I'm pleased the latest numbers indicate our Movement is growing.”

The State Budget Needs To Do More To Protect The Vulnerable March 8, 2016 - 5:09pm

There are currently more than 11,000 individuals on a waiting list seeking services from the Office For Persons With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). It is not acceptable that an individual must be in crisis to receive the services he or she needs and deserves. It is time for the state to show a true commitment to provide care for all of New York's citizens who need it and allocate the resources to make sure individuals are safe and well cared for.

Injured workers must be protected March 18, 2016 - 4:57pm José Valerio was earning a decent wage in New York City working as a welder for 10 years before an accident in 2014 left him with severe third-degree burns to his hand. The injury later developed into Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), causing constant severe pain. The father of four is still under a doctor's care, relying on workers' compensation benefits as he looks for ways to get back into the job market.
UPDATE: Big Win! - Friedrichs Is Just One Part... March 27, 2016 - 4:51pm Learn more about these cases, who is behind them, and why they are important to all workers. The NYS AFL-CIO is providing presentations across the state at Area Labor Federations and Central Labor Councils.
UPDATE: Big Win! - President's Message: It's Time for Paid Family Leave March 28, 2016 - 1:16pm *UPDATE: BIG WIN FOR WORKING PEOPLE! Click here to read statement. Poll after poll shows widespread public support for a paid family leave insurance program. The Governor has proposed a plan that the NYS AFL-CIO supports, the Assembly has passed the NYS AFL-CIO's program bill and the Senate has included paid family leave in their one-house budget proposal. Now it's time to finish the job.
Buy American - the clear path to job creation in New York State March 29, 2016 - 4:12pm In New York State we have an opportunity to create good paying jobs while keeping our tax dollars right here at home. It's quite simple - Buy American. A proposal before the state legislature would establish a preference for the use and purchase of American-made steel and iron products in structural and component parts of public works projects.
UPDATE: Big Win! - Take Action in the Fight For $15 March 31, 2016 - 1:32pm UPDATE: BIG VICTORY FOR WORKING PEOPLE! Click here to read press release.   Posted: Feb 10, 2016 - We're working to pass a $15 minimum wage in the State Legislature by March 31 - for all workers. Under the proposal, 3,000,000 workers would see their wages rise. That's 37% of the workforce!

WHY RAISE THE WAGE?

Tell National Senate Republican Leaders - #DoYourJob April 6, 2016 - 2:14pm More and more Republicans are starting to cave into pressure from working people like you to do their job and hold a hearing and vote on Pres. Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. But we need to keep the pressure up because Mitch McConnell and Republican leaders are hoping they can ride out the coming weeks into the summer recess and avoid doing their constitutional duty.
New York Congress Members, State and Local Officials Declare Opposition to Controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Deal April 7, 2016 - 4:18pm Manhattan, NY - Federal, State and City leaders joined labor, environmental, progressive and consumer groups today, Thursday, April 7, 2016, on the steps of City Hall to show their unified opposition to the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and to urge all members of Congress to defeat the proposed trade agreement if it comes to a vote.
Workers Memorial Day 2016 April 20, 2016 - 5:50pm On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to call for work in this country that is safe and healthy and pays fair wages. We will celebrate the victories won by working people and commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to form unions without the threat of retaliation.

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Statement of NYS AFL-CIO Pres. Mario Cilento on Workers' Memorial Day 2016 April 28, 2016 - 1:38pm 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.
Who is maintaining your elevator? May 4, 2016 - 6:28pm
Did you know that the folkswho work onelevators in NYS don't have to be licensed or properly-trained? If you think that is wrong, you're not alone. Today National Elevator Industry Educational Program instructors came to Albany to educate legislators and the general public on the ways properly-trained elevator workers keep you safe. Click here to learn more about the NEIEP and their work.