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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Jan 22, 2018 | Press Release

New York City Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez stated, “We applaud NY State Attorney General Schneiderman in leading this multi-state coalition, and for his steadfast support for workers across our state and country.

Jan 19, 2018 | News Story

Thursday morning, Labor leaders from New York City stood with community leaders, members of the City Council, and the broader Labor Movement around the country to kick off the I AM 20

Dec 29, 2017 | News Story

As 2017 comes to a close, it is important to look back on all that labor has accomplished this year.

Dec 18

An open forum to create solidarity across the labor and immigrant communities

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The Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. Memorial Association
The Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry
In conjunction with the office of Congressman Joseph Crowley

Dec 1, 2017 | News Story

This week,  hundreds of Legal Aid Society and Brooklyn Legal Services attorneys walked out of Brooklyn Criminal Court to protest Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention of Legal Aid client Genaro Rojas-Hernandez.

Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

Gregory Floyd, Teamsters Local 237 President, and Terrence Melvin, President, International Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and Secretary-Treasurer of the NYS AFL-CIO recently participated in the Summit for Civil Rights held at the University of Minnesota/Mondale School of Law.

Nov 3, 2017 | News Story

This time last week, reporters and editors at New York City local news sites DNAinfo and Gothamist were celebrating after voting to unionize with Writers Guild of America, East in an NLRB-conducted election.

Nov 3, 2017 | News Story

On Thursday, November 2, union members recognized Latina Equal Pay Day, the day when the average amount of money Latina women make catches up to the average wages white men made the year before.

Nov 3, 2017 | News Story

Last Saturday, union members gathered in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens for a day of GOTV to educate their fellow union members about the dangers of a NYS constitutional convention.