Press Releases

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.
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.
Feb 14, 2019 | Press Release
New York, NY - It’s unfortunate that Amazon has chosen to walk away from LIC HQ2, prematurely ending discussions that could have resulted in a mutually beneficial economic development model that respects all workers. This was an opportunity not only to create good jobs, 5000 of which would have been union construction jobs, but also to engage in a meaningful public discourse about the way that...