Press Releases

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...
Jan 30, 2019 | Press Release
New York, NY - "At today’s City Council hearing, executives from Amazon reaffirmed what we’ve known for a long time: one of the world’s wealthiest corporations remains vehemently anti-worker, publicly acknowledging that they oppose the organizing rights of their New York City workforce. We should be focusing our efforts on creating high-quality jobs at companies that also recognize employees’...
Aug 28, 2018 | Press Release
“Blaming the MTA’s problems on its working men and women at a time when violent assaults on MTA employees are on the rise—Marc Molinaro should be ashamed,” said Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. “These workers do dangerous jobs every day in order to keep our city up and running. Governor Cuomo knows this, and the MTA’s fully funded subway action plan...
Jun 27, 2018 | Press Release
New York, NY - "We know that these attacks on unions are being driven by anti-worker and other right wing interests to strike a blow at the infrastructure that supports every day working class Americans—not simply unionized public sector workers, but their private sector counterparts as well.