Press Releases

Feb 14, 2014 | Press Release
New York - "As we continue the fight to improve conditions for workers, Paid Sick Leave remains an integral piece in our quest to create a more worker-friendly NYC," said Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
Feb 10, 2014 | Press Release
New York – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, President Vincent Alvarez today applauded Rep. Joseph Crowley’s commitment to opposing the fast-tracking of Trans Pacific Partnership legislation, a measure which would cut American jobs, and ruin many of the environmental protections working people have long fought to protect.
Feb 10, 2014 | Press Release
New York – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding NY GOP Senate Leader Dean Skelos’ refusal to allow a vote on the City’s Universal Pre-K tax plan: "It is unfortunate that Senator Skelos is opposing a plan to help improve educational opportunities for New York City's students.  Our children deserve to receive the...
Feb 10, 2014 | Press Release
Highlights Recognition of Public Employees, Need for Higher Wages, and Reduction of Income Disparities New York – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City Address: "I applaud Mayor de Blasio's commitment to ending the staggering income disparities that have plagued our city for far...
Jan 17, 2014 | Press Release
New York - New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding Mayor Bill de Blasio's and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's announced push to expand the city’s Earned Sick Time law to cover roughly 300,000 additional workers:
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 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 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...