Civil and Workplace Rights

Working for the freedom from employment discrimination and the right of working families to fair pay, job safety, secure retirements and affordable health care have been goals fundamental to the union movement, which has long partnered with the civil rights and women’s movements and, more recently, with the LGBTQ community.

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Sep 15, 2023 | News Story

On Saturday morning, the rain held off and spirits soared as more than 75,000 workers from across our City and region came together to march in solidarity up Fifth Avenue at the 2023 NYC Labor Day Parade.

Sep 1, 2023 | News Story

As this "summer of strikes" gives way to autumn, we’re all by now familiar with the existential fight that our City’s striking writers and actors are facing.

Sep 1, 2023 | News Story

Last Friday, the National Labor Relations Board

Jul 28, 2023 | News Story

On Monday, federal labor board judge Benjamin Green ruled that Starbucks violated the law when it terminated NYC employee and union leader Rhythm Heaton (they/them) in August 2022 over purported time and attendance violations.

Jul 14, 2023 | News Story

SAG-AFTRA, the union representing 160,000 television and movie actors, has announced a strike for the first time in 43 years after negotiations with studios over a new contract collapsed, with streaming services and artificial intelligence at the center of the standoff.

Jul 7, 2023 | News Story

From the New York State AFL-CIO: New York is Union Strong because we are united. We share common values and interests, and we care about each other. One of the most important ways we can grow stronger as a movement is to talk with one another.  

Jun 30, 2023 | News Story

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina:

Jun 30, 2023 | News Story

Watch/listen to Burnes Center Senior Fellow Seth Harris in conversation with Cathy Nolan, former New York State Assemblywoman for District 37, and Jessica García, Assistant to the President of the Retail, Wholesale Department Store Union (RWDSU), as they discuss agricultural workers rights, the b

Jun 23, 2023 | News Story

Apple is once again in trouble for its union-busting practices, with a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge ruling that Apple interfered with employees' efforts to organize with the Communications Workers of America at its World Trade Center store here in New York City.