Press Releases

Oct 1, 2015 | Press Release
New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding Congress' failure to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides continued funding for health care programs designed to treat those affected by the events of  September 11, 2001:
Sep 11, 2015 | Press Release
"As the cost of living in New York City continues to increase, it is imperative that all workers receive the middle class wages that will allow them to pay for housing, care for families, and invest in their local communities," said Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. "We applaud the Governor for taking this action.  The New York City Labor Movement...
Sep 4, 2015 | Press Release
By Vincent Alvarez As our economy continues to battle income inequality, an increasing number of New York City workers are looking to unionization as the key to higher wages, benefits, and rights in the workplace.  With Labor Day and the September 12th Labor Day Parade just around the corner, workers in and around New York City can take pride in the great strides being made in labor, originating...
Aug 24, 2015 | Press Release
New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez released the following statement regarding the City’s proposal to eliminate competitive examinations in FDNY recruitment: "While we all agree that increasing diversity in certain civil service jobs is a necessary goal, eliminating the open, competitive examinations that are an integral part of a credible civil...
Jun 4, 2015 | Press Release
New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement, congratulating staff at Gawker, who voted yesterday to join the Writers Guild of America East, AFL-CIO: “Congratulations to the hardworking men and women at Gawker, who yesterday voted to become members of the Writers Guild of America East, AFL-CIO.  This vote, which was...
May 29, 2015 | Press Release
We are proud to announce 1199 SEIU President George Gresham will be this year's Labor Day Parade Grand Marshal & Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda will be Parade Chair. The parade will step off on Saturday, September 12 at 10 am, marching up Fifth Avenue.    
Apr 16, 2015 | Press Release
New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding the introduction of Trade Promotion Authority in the U.S. Senate: "American jobs are once again on the line. We have seen how the fast-tracking of trade deals like NAFTA harm our economy by killing jobs, eroding our public service infrastructure, and leaving even...
Apr 15, 2015 | Press Release
New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding the “Fight for $15” day of action:  “All around the city, and all around the country, workers have come together today to call on billion-dollar corporations like McDonald’s and Burger King to do right by their workers,” said Vincent Alvarez, President of the New...
Mar 6, 2015 | Press Release
New York, NY - President Vincent Alvarez of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, today released the following statement regarding NYU's refusal to reach a fair contract for graduate student researchers and instructors: "The Graduate Student Organizing Committee-UAW Local 2110 (GSOC-UAW) won a landmark union election in December of 2013 at New York University (NYU), with a 98.4%...
Feb 3, 2015 | Press Release
New York, NY - New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement, regarding initiatives outlined in Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address: