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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. Experiencing uncertainty in the economy made her realize that every job is an opportunity to stand up for the underdog. Today, as secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, the...
Jul 12, 2019 | Press Release
The New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO join with New York City's entire labor movement in mourning the loss of our friend Hector Figueroa. Hector dedicated his entire professional life to seeking racial, social, and economic justice for all working people and their families. Hector never backed down from a fight when workers' rights or the rights of marginalized communities were on the...
Jun 27, 2019 | Press Release
Today, the Supreme Court blocked a highly controversial question that would ask individuals about their citizenship status as part of the upcoming 2020 Census.  NYC Labor stands in solidarity with communities across all boroughs to ensure a fair and accurate decennial Census. Billions of federal dollars and political representation are at stake. In order for the Census to proceed in a timely...
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...