News Stories

Dec 6, 2019 | News Story
The first significant storm of the season brought a test for New York City’s snow equipment — and it failed, says the head of the city’s mechanics’ union. At least seven of the 705 salt spreaders deployed for the storm, along with three mini spreaders and four other vehicles, broke down after hitting the road Sunday night when the city was hit with a wintry mix of snow and rain, according to 246...
Dec 6, 2019 | News Story
You said it's our birthday! And it is. If you've always wondered what you'd do with the AFL-CIO when we're 64, now's your chance! On this day in 1955, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations came together after a long and winding road.
Dec 6, 2019 | News Story
The public service mission of the Postal Service has made it the most popular federal agency. However, this public good is at risk if we don’t all act soon. In June 2018 the White House announced proposals to privatize the Postal Service. Now Postmaster General Megan Brennan has announced her departure as Postmaster General in January 2020. The Postmaster General has wide powers to shape the...
Dec 6, 2019 | News Story
The New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO is an official drop-off location for Toys for Tots! Donate new, unwrapped toys from November 19th to December 13th at the NYC CLC office at 275 7th Ave, 18th floor, between 25th and 26th Street. Questions? Please reach out to Xiomara Loarte, xloarte@nycclc.org.
Nov 27, 2019 | News Story
Hundreds were arrested and thousands more demonstrated at airports nationwide on one of the busiest travel days in the U.S.—the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The protests were led by airline catering workers who provide inflight food and beverage services for all major U.S. airlines, including American Airlines. Through marches, pickets, sit-downs and die-ins, workers called on American to take...
Nov 27, 2019 | News Story
On Monday, at the Amazon fulfillment center on Staten Island, hundreds of fed-up Amazon workers went public with their protest of inhumane job conditions, and demands that the online retail giant increase break time and provide free Metrocards for public buses. Worker leaders delivered a petition signed by over 600 workers to management. The action was a major moment of escalation for Amazon...
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. When we organize, and grow worker power, we make it possible for workers to demand family-sustaining wages, health care, retirement security, and a meaningful voice in the workplace. In doing...
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. Rising through the CSA ranks, he was elected President in November 2006 and held the position until he retired in 2017.
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...
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...