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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Mar 25, 2020 | Press Release

Today, we mark the 109th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, a catastrophic event in which 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women, were killed as a direct result of abhorrent working conditions and woefully insufficient workplace safety standards.

May 11, 2020 | News Story

(Updated 5/11/20) The COVID-19 pandemic remains an extraordinarily challenging situation, with New York City workers, as always, on the front lines of the crisis. The labor movement is rising in solidarity to meet those challenges.

Mar 12, 2020 | News Story

The day you have all been waiting for!

Feb 27

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew the labor and civil rights movements were deeply connected, and both critical to the goal of equality and economic justice for all.

Apr 17

Organizing 2.0 will be online! Register today!

Aug 30, 2019 | News Story

As we prepare to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Labor Day as a federal holiday, it's important to reflect on who we are as working people, what we’ve achieved together, and the challenges that lie ahead.

Aug 29, 2019 | News Story

2019 NYC Labor Day Parade Chair Ernest Logan worked in NYC public schools for nearly 25 years before joining the staff of the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators in 1997 as a field service representative.

Aug 20, 2019 | News Story

As a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism, Elizabeth (Liz) Shuler, like many young people today, pieced together part-time jobs, lived at home and struggled to find decent work in the early 1990s.

May 14

While most workers know about their right to Workers' Compensation, many are not fully aware of how to apply for it or what rights are covered. This forum will focus on the basics of Workers' Compensation, including: