Press Releases

Aug 20, 2020 | Press Release
"Our teachers know what they need in order to do their jobs safely, and it's time for the City to start listening to what they're telling us and make sure that schools open only when they meet the critical health and safety standards outlined in this report," said New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez. "We've come a long way in New York City, but it's up to all of...
Aug 14, 2020 | Press Release
The New York City Central Labor Council joins in calling on the September 11th Memorial and Museum to reconsider their position and allow the Tribute in Lights to go on as planned. In the meantime, we're in touch with local officials and with our affiliates to determine what the NYC Labor Movement can do to make sure that this year's commemorations include the iconic twin beams that shine in...
Jun 18, 2020 | Press Release
Today’s Supreme Court decision confirms that the Trump administration’s effort to strip DACA protections from 700,000 young Americans was not only cruel but illegal. These young people who until today faced enormous uncertainty include thousands of workers across New York City, including front line and essential workers who are helping our communities respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Jun 15, 2020 | Press Release
“No worker in the U.S. should face discrimination in the workplace because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. With this ruling, millions of workers will finally have protections regardless of who controls their state government. Equal justice under the law is a bedrock of this nation, and we are gratified that the U.S. Supreme Court has chosen the right side of history with this...
Jun 1, 2020 | Press Release
The New York City Labor Movement stands with working people across our city who are demanding justice for the senseless death of George Floyd, and for an end to the continuing systemic inequalities that are faced by our brothers and sisters of color every day in America. There are some who have chosen this moment to engage in destructive acts. While we condemn these senseless acts of vandalism,...
Mar 26, 2020 | Press Release
On behalf of the New York City labor movement at the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis, I’d like to extend thanks to United States Senator Charles Schumer for his tireless work on the stimulus bill. While there is more work to be done, this important first step will deliver immediate relief to NYC workers as well as some of our City’s most important industries and public institutions.
Mar 25, 2020 | Press Release
Today, we mark the 109th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, a catastrophic event in which 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women, were killed as a direct result of abhorrent working conditions and woefully insufficient workplace safety standards. The loss of life was both tragic and avoidable, and sent shockwaves through our city and nation.
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.