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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Jun 10, 2022 | News Story

After spending years in legislative limbo, a bill that would significantly increase fines issued to construction companies found criminally liable for worker injuries or fatalities was passed by the Legislature last week.

Jun 10, 2022 | News Story

Actors' Equity Association celebrated the news this week that the National Endowments of the Arts (NEA) will create a chief diversity officer for the first time in the agency’s history.

Jun 3, 2022 | News Story

On Wednesday, the NYC CLC hosted our annual labor and civil rights event in the form of a panel discussion centering around how union membership has contributed to narrowing the inequality gap and how it can continue to build solidarity in an effort to create prosperity that is felt by all worker

May 27, 2022 | News Story

Wednesday, June 1, 6PM: For marginalized communities, institutional barriers continue to exist as it relates to education, healthcare, housing and retirement. Union membership has been a tool for many families looking to break into the middle class.

May 27, 2022 | News Story

Several dozen Chipotle workers from across New York City rallied with elected officials and other supporters including the CLC in Midtown on Thursday after striking this week for a $20 minimum wage and better scheduling practices at the national fast food chain.

May 27, 2022 | News Story

As consciousness over the necessity to diversify Hollywood’s hair and make-up trailers continues to develop, the union that represents those artists has teamed up with entertainment workforce development program Reel Works to help bring more BIPOC stylists into the industry.

May 20, 2022 | News Story

Contracts approved this week will guarantee, for the first time, that soccer players representing the United States men’s and women’s national teams will receive the same pay when competing in international matches and competitions.

May 13, 2022 | News Story

Coalition of Immokalee Workers farmworkers were joined in Midtown by NYC elected officials, national shareholder advocates and area supporters for a major rally and street theater performance outside the offices of Trian Partners (280 Park Avenue), Wendy’s largest institutional shareholder.

May 6, 2022 | News Story

Union members, immigration activists, elected officials, and allies took to the streets across the City on Sunday, May 1 in celebration of International Workers Day. Events were held in both Union Square and Washington Square.

Apr 29, 2022 | News Story

New York City workers, labor leaders, elected officials, clergy and community members gathered yesterday at City Hall Park to mark Workers’ Memorial Day, honoring dozens of workers who have died or suffered illness or injuries while on the job in our City over the past year.