Civil and Workplace Rights
Working for the freedom from employment discrimination and the right of working families to fair pay, job safety, secure retirements and affordable health care have been goals fundamental to the union movement, which has long partnered with the civil rights and women’s movements and, more recently, with the LGBTQ community.
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As President of the New York City Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO), I represent over 1.3 million workers across many industries and professions in the private sector, public sector and building and construction trades. Many of these workers have the benefit of collective bargaining agreements tha
Last year, 112 workers died when a garment factory in Bangladesh that supplies Walmart, GAP and others burned to the ground. Conditions at the factory were so lethal that it didn’t have a single emergency exit, and supervisors prevented workers from leaving their sowing machines even when the fi
Join in support of public sector, private sector, building & construction trades and immigrant workers in their fight for the right to join a union. Assemble in Union Square Park, march to City Hall for a 6:00pm rally. Click below for flyers in both English and Spanish.
We are disappointed with the Mayor’s veto of the Good Jobs Act, which would have made a real difference in the lives of many hardworking families.
“The Executive Order was done without public discussion and behind closed doors. No effort was made to communicate with the workers, they deserve better than that, and that’s why we back their legal challenge,” said NYC Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez.
Read newspaper coverage of Labor's prevailing wage win quoting Vinny Alvarez.
NY POST: Mike loses labor fight in court
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“It is a myth that somehow we can’t have safe communities without it,” he said, added that the problem is that the NYPD overwhelmingly targets black and Latino young men. “We need to find a better way, a fair way, to protect our communities while protecting the rights of all.”
A commonsense immigration reform bill was unveiled this week which offers a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants currently living in the United States. The bill would also ensure that immigrants are covered by US labor law, including minimum wage and workplace safety requirements.
On Thursday, April 4, 2013, hundreds of fast food restaurant workers in New York City staged a one-day strike to call attention to the mistreatment they face on the job and the low wages they receive. Workers in the fast food industry make much less than they need to survive and many must rely o