As a member of IBEW Local 3, Vinny was active in a number of programs on behalf of the union, serving on numerous political campaigns, grassroots initiatives and negotiating committees.
During this time, he also served as a volunteer for the NYCCLC, coordinating hundreds of labor mobilization and campaign events on behalf of the federation’s affiliates, and he was the lead organizer and marshal of the Labor Day Parade, the nation’s oldest and largest worker parade.
In 2007, Vinny joined the NYCCLC as Assistant to the Executive Director. He held the position through 2009, when he was appointed Chief of Staff. During this time, he attended the National AFL-CIO Leadership Institute and was selected to serve as a New York liaison to the National AFL-CIO’s Field Department.
In 2010, Vinny joined the staff of the New York State AFL-CIO as Assistant Legislative Director, spearheading various worker related policy initiatives throughout the state.
On June 30, 2011, Vinny was elected as the first full-time President of the NYCCLC. He is also the organization's first Latino President.
Vinny is the board chairman for the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University; a board member for the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America; the AFL-CIO State Federation CLC Advisory Board; and the Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at City University of New York; and an advisory council member for The Worker Institute at Cornell.
He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta, where he majored in business economics.