Press Releases

Jan 7, 2021 | Press Release
January 7, 2021, New York, NY - This week, working families across our city and nation were witness to one of the darkest days in our history, as a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn a free and fair election and prevent a peaceful and constitutional transfer of power. Freedom of speech is one of our most fundamental principles, and every American has the right to...
Nov 24, 2020 | Press Release
"The NYC Labor Movement today mourns the passing of former Mayor David Dinkins, who led the city with dignity, grace, and humility through some of our most troubled times. A true public servant, Mayor Dinkins worked tirelessly to make New York City a more fair and equitable society for all people, especially our city's working families."
Nov 23, 2020 | Press Release
"The New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO strongly supports AFM Local 802's campaign to #SaveNYCMusicians. Our musicians are world class artists who are critical to the cultural and economic life of the city, and they're fighting hard to emerge from this crisis and restore NYC to its rightful place as the world’s leading live entertainment center. But right now, they are almost all...
Nov 23, 2020 | Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kate Whalen,, 347-453-7131 November 23, 2020, New York, NY — New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement:
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.