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May 22, 2019 | Press Release
First Elected in 2011, the President and Secretary-Treasurer Will Serve Third Four-Year Term   New York, NY – The delegates of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO on Thursday approved third terms for President Vincent Alvarez and Secretary-Treasurer Janella T. Hinds. The vote carried by acclamation at a meeting of 178 delegates representing 88 unions.
Apr 26, 2019 | Press Release
Contact: Kate Whalen,, 347-453-7131              April 26, 2019, New York, NY – Local workers, labor leaders, clergy, and community members gathered today to honor dozens of workers who have died on the job over the past year. This year’s commemoration took place on the corner of 8th Avenue and 23rd Street, near the site where an Uber driver, 45-year-old Bing Wan, was killed in...
Apr 17, 2019 | Press Release
The New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, strongly supports the passage of Int. No. 1253C-2018, a commitment to achieve certain reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. New York City has an opportunity to pass a climate policy with the potential to cut carbon emissions, reduce pollution, and create middle class jobs. Int. No.
Mar 29, 2019 | News Story
On Monday, hundreds joined Workers United/SEIU (ILGWU) for the commemoration of the 108th anniversary of the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire, a pivotal event in US history and a turning point in labor’s struggle to achieve fair wages, dignity at work and safe working conditions. Outrage at the deaths of 146 mostly young, female immigrants inspired the union movement and helped to institute worker...
Mar 15, 2019 | News Story
Air travelers and airline workers won an important fight for aviation safety this week after the Transport Workers Union led the charge, calling for Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes to be grounded until the cause of the weekend crash in Ethiopia is determined.
Mar 15, 2019 | News Story
In a first for the podcasting industry, the 83-person staff of Gimlet Media, a podcasting startup acquired by music streaming service Spotify for $230 million in February, is unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). Gimlet, based in Brooklyn, was founded in 2014 and produces popular podcasts including Reply All, StartUp, and Crimetown.
Mar 15, 2019 | News Story
Ashraf Azim opens up to fellow drivers about what goes through his mind when a passenger who looks menacing gets into his car. He says he thinks of his family. “Particularly one night, believe you me, I had said my last prayers,” Azim, a driver for Uber and Juno, says. “My wife and my kids, it’s right there in the mind, I’m not going to see them. He clearly said, 'I am into the death and killing...
Mar 15, 2019 | News Story
In response to Federal tax cuts for the wealthy, which have resulted in a proposed $550 million ($1.1 billion with Federal matching funds) cut in State healthcare funding, 1199SEIU held a series of “Stop the Cuts” community rallies statewide last week.
Mar 15, 2019 | News Story
Last week, the national AFL-CIO and more than 30 other labor unions and allied organizations sent letters to Congressional leadership from both parties, urging them to work together to immediately pass a law that will give permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Without Congressional...
Mar 8, 2019 | News Story
The votes are in—Registered Nurses at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Montefiore, Mt. Sinai, Mt. Sinai West, and St. Luke's have voted by 97% (8533-230) to authorize a strike. Between these hospitals, NYSNA represents more than 10,000 nurses whose contract expired in December of 2018.