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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Jan 28, 2022 | News Story

"Unlike most workers in the Empire State—and the rest of the country—New York’s farmworkers are currently denied overtime pay by New York law until they’ve worked 60 hours a week," writes Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) President Stuart Appelbaum in an OpEd published this wee

Jan 21, 2022 | News Story

This week the NYC CLC, in partnership with the NYS AFL-CIO and Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW, held a virtual roundtable with over 60 labor and community partners to discuss the impact of the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA).

Jan 21, 2022 | News Story

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on the failure of Republicans in the U.S. Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act:

Jan 14, 2022 | News Story

Workers at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, will have their voices heard in a second union election in February after the corporation broke the law during the original vote last year.

Jan 7, 2022 | News Story

"One year ago today, we watched in horror as a violent mob, many carrying banners proclaiming white supremacy and anti-government slogans, attempted to block the peaceful transfer of power by storming the U.S.

Jan 3, 2022 | News Story

The Build Back Better agenda means trillions of dollars of investment in our jobs, families and communities.

Dec 31, 2021 | News Story

As we look back on the past year, we're reflecting on the continuing challenges that the New York City labor movement has faced, but also on the significant ground we’ve gained and the enormous potential ahead of us.

Dec 3, 2021 | News Story

Rodolfo Mendez, Martir Zambrano and Jorge Ramirez

Sep 6, 2021 | News Story

Today, we observe Labor Day by recognizing all working people for their contributions to our nation and giving them a chance to enjoy a well-earned rest and time with their loved ones.