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Jan 8, 2014 | Press Release
New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement, regarding the City Council’s selection of Melissa Mark-Viverito as Speaker:
Jan 6, 2014 | Press Release
"We know, without a doubt, that high-quality pre-k and after-school programs provide critical benefits to children and working families. Mayor de Blasio is simply asking for the authority to raise the city's own taxes on the wealthy to pay for this necessary investment in New York City's future," said Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. "Working men and...
Jan 1, 2014 | Press Release
New York, NY- New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding the inauguration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the respective swear-in ceremonies of Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott Stringer: "Today, working people in NYC can have hope in new and progressive leaders, who took oaths of office to lead our city...
Dec 27, 2013 | News Story
On Monday, NYC CLC President Vincent Alvarez, 32BJ SEIU President Hector Figueroa, and PSC-CUNY President Barbara Bowen gathered with NY Immigration Coalition Executive Director Steve Choi, La Fuente/NYCPP Executive Director Lucia Jimenez-Gomez,  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Assemblyman Francisco Moya to reaffirm the need to pass the New York State DREAM Act.  The bill, sponsored by...
Dec 25, 2013 | Press Release
May the peace of this season be with you now and always. From our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and a Joyous and Prosperous New Year.
Dec 24, 2013 | News Story
This week, UFCW 1500 members overwhelmingly ratified a new contract for members employed by Stop & Shop.  The new contract complies with the Affordable Care Act, and maintains affordable coverage with no paycheck deductions for full-time workers, while also increasing hours, maintaining dental, vision and affordable coverage for part-time workers.  
Dec 16, 2013 | Press Release
By Vincent Alvarez Yesterday, the world said goodbye to a giant.  Nelson Mandela was a great man who believed in the urgency of freedom and equality. His life was a testament to the need for change, and the idea that the determination of one person was enough to inspire a nation, and a watching world. Ironically, he passed on a day when, on another side of the globe, cities around the country...
Dec 13, 2013 | News Story
This week, members of IBEW Local 1212 reached an agreement with non-union company Team People to bargain over wages, working conditions, and terms of employment. Member of IBEW Local 1212 have covered the United Nations since 1945, but recently, the facility opted to sign a contract with Team People, prompting Local 1212 to file a complaint with the NLRB. Team People has agreed to recognize Local...
Dec 13, 2013 | News Story
This morning, fired Trade Fair supermarket workers from the 75-07 35th Ave., Jackson Heights location took to the streets to protest their wrongful firing at the hands of former owner Farid Jaber, who owns all nine stores in the supermarket chain.  The workers were joined today by their fellow union members, CLC President Alvarez, Assemblymember Francisco Moya, Senator Jose Peralta, and...
Dec 12, 2013 | News Story
On Wednesday, graduate students at NYU voted overwhelmingly to approve representation of the UAW.  This victory marked the culmination of an eight-year battle to regain recognition and collective bargaining power, after NYU refused to recognize the union in 2005. The new bargaining unit will consist of nearly 1,250 teachers and graduate assistants throughout NYU and Polytechnic Institute.