Central New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO


All across New York  thousands of advocates - parents, students, educators, administrators, school board members, grandparents, are standing up to demand fair funding for our schools and an end to the attacks on teachers and public education.  You can join them. 

Please attend these important events! Bring your union Sisters and Brothers, your friends and family.  Let our elected officials know that we support our schools and teachers!

There are forums all around our region.  Below is a list of upcoming events:

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Public transit is essential for workers, students, seniors, and a vibrant 21st Century urban economy! Say no to transit cuts at Centro! Make your voice heard - public hearings and on-line comments.  Sample letter explaining harm that cuts will do here

You can also share your comments on Centro's Facebook page and tweet to them @GoCentroBus

Read more for a full list of public hearings and links to and twitter

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Some 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) are on strike at nine refineries operated by Shell, Marathon, Tesoro and LyondellBasell after Shell, the lead company in the National Oil Bargaining talks, “refused to provide us with a counteroffer and left the bargaining table,” said USW President Leo W. Gerard. The strike at the nine facilities began Monday, and the remaining USW-represented refineries and oil facilities are operating under a rolling 24-hour contract extension. The USW represents 65 U.S. refineries and more than 230 refineries, oil terminals, pipelines and petrochemical facilities in the United States. Read more >>>

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal: In the State of the Union, President Obama forcefully advocated for working families and the bold actions we need to create an economy that truly works for all working people. His budget follows through with a number of proposals that would benefit American workers, such as repeal of harmful sequestration cuts, higher taxes on capital gains and a financial crisis fee on the largest financial institutions. These are all pieces to a robust program to raise wages.www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/ Read more >>>

The Broome-Tioga Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO elected new officers on January 21, 2015.

Kate Murray, NABET/CWA is the new CLC President. 

1st Vice President - Burt Whiteman, PEF
2nd VP - Jon Englert, CSEA
3d VP - Bear Kokesh, SEIU 200United
Treasurer - Lee Conrad, Alliance@IBM/CWA
Secretary - Amy Klenovic, CSEA
Sergeant at Arms – Stan Scobie, UUP


Bob Pompi, UUP
Donna Murray, NYSUT
Doug Wiser, ATU


Purpose of Awards and Recognitions

The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding labor activists and leaders whose contributions to our labor community fulfill our mission for social and economic justice.

Please read on to see this year's honorees!

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NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on the Governor’s Education Reform Proposals

The so-called education reforms proposed today include direct attacks on basic worker protections and as such impact all workers, not just teachers. Increasing tenure requirements is a roll back of due process rights and ultimately will dissuade teachers from speaking out and advocating for the children they have dedicated their lives to educating. The proposal to tear up teacher collective bargaining agreements in failing public schools is a slap at the entire Labor Movement, and ignores the plethora of socio-economic and other factors that impact educational performance.

We look forward to working with Governor Cuomo, the Legislature, our affiliates and community partners to solve real problems in public education, such as massive funding disparities, and in turn ensure a brighter future for all of New York’s children.

Mario Cilento
President NYS AFL-CIO

Original article and more at nysaflcio.org

Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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Support our Union Brothers and Sisters.


Click to find how you can find Union Hotels, Union Services and Union Made!

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Midstate Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO & Tompkins County Workers’ Center 31st Annual Labor Day Picnic 2014

Labor & Community building a strong local economy for workers!

Hundreds attended the 31st annual Labor Day picnic in Ithaca.  Union members, community  allies, and friends joined in a celebration honoring local workers who've advanced the struggle for workers rights in our area. 

Jim McCauley - Friend of Labor Award
Presented to a member of the community who has spoken out publicly or taken action in support of working people

Dave Richardson, IBEW - Joe Hill Award
“The workers united will never be defeated.”

Christine Johnson, UAW - Mother Jones Award
“We must stand together, or there will be no victory for any of us.”



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Day of Service

September 11, 2014

Teamsters 317
566 Spencer Street

9:00 am—4:00 pm

Thanks to the North Syracuse Central School District  for donating the buses!

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It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

 Please join SEIU1199 for an
Informational picket at St. Luke’s NH, 299 East River Road, Oswego, 13126 next Friday, August 1 from 1:30 – 4:30
The key issues are health insurance (the employer is seeking concessions) and wages (the employer’s proposal doesn't even keep up with inflation).

Please SHARE and help get the word out!

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If you live in Broome County, you will know that over the past years, County Mental Health services have shrunk, and patients directed to private providers – all without any decision in our legislature, any needs survey, any discussion with patients and their families, or any assurance that private providers can meet the needs of the community.

Now, the Commissioner of Mental Health and the County Executive seem to have decided to close the Clinic without any public discussion. 

Help us keep the Broome County Mental Health Clinic open!  Call your Legislator and please join us for a press conference and at the July Legislative Session


4:30 pm Save Our Clinic Press Conference

Broome County Legislative Session
County Office Building, 6th Floor
60 Hawley Street, Binghamton
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Resolution freezing the closure of the Broome County Mental Health Clinic for two years, prohibiting further staff reductions, and calling for a public hearing by September 2014

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 New York is one of America’s greatest cities. Many of the notable landmarks that make this city great were built with American hands using American products. But those strong and enduring monuments were not confined to just New York. You could find them in Oswego and Plattsburgh and Jamestown and Liberty. They were the memorials of our history and the bridges that took us to places we did not know how to spell. They were the buildings and shops filled with people and storefronts filled with dreams.

Now those dreams have been covered with sheets of plywood, the monuments are crumbling and our bridges are deteriorating. We can stop this but we need your help. Contact your State Assembly and Senate members to help pass “Buy American” bills S-7206 and A-9521.  Send a message - Click Here:

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 In years past, the Greater Syracuse Labor Council has hosted a Candidate Education Night in order to inform candidates of labor issues.

This year, the GSLC is providing the information in a PDF and providing the candidate questionnaire to anyone who would like to seek the endorsement of the Greater Syracuse Labor Council.

Below, please find the PDF of the Questionnaire and the Education packet.

All responses should be back to me at wendy@cnylabor.org or 615 West Genesee Street, Syracuse NY 13204

By June 13th.


Please forward this to any candidate that may be interested in seeking the endorsement of the Greater Syracuse Labor Council.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you!

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 OSWEGO, N.Y. (May 14) – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has informed aluminum producer Novelis that the company has violated labor laws in its response to workers’ efforts to organize a union at its Oswego, N.Y., facility.

Novelis, which has other unfair labor practice charges pending before the NLRB related to its interference in the effort to unionize its 600 hourly workers, illegally provided a benefit to employees in order to dissuade them from voting to join the USW, the board found. In addition, the company is accused of manipulating documents to make it appear that the union was behind a plan to rescind those benefits.

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 Many of you know that State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has been a friend to labor. For those who may be in the Syracuse area next Wednesday, or may feel like coming into town to support him, the Comptroller will be holding a support rally on Wednesday, May 14th at 5 p.m. at the SEIU 1199 Headquarters, 250 South Clinton Street in Syracuse. Wear your Union colors with pride!

Please share and spread widely! Link to printable PDF Below.


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 We will be going to labor households in the Senator DeFrancisco/Assemblyman Magnarelli Districts to spread the word and get labor families to contact the two legislators about the inequality of the governor's proposed tax cuts in budget.

March 8th at 9am

We will have door hangers to leave at those not home and postcards to get signed by those who are at home for us to mail to the legislators.

This is a coordinated effort of CSEA, the State AFL-CIO & we will be helped by our Inequality coalition community partners.

We will meet at the CSEA Central Region office

6595 Kirkville Road, East Syracuse on that Saturday morning to hit doors from 9am-12pm.

We will need at least 30-40 people in order to accomplish what we need to get done.

Family, Friends, Neighbors, Community Activists, Concerned citizens are all welcome to join us!

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Special screening of
"Inequality For All"

May 1st at 7:00 pm
at The Palace Theatre
2384 James Street
followed by a panel discussion.
Free admission. Find out what you can do!

RSVP to the Facebook event:

"One of our two major parties is dominated by extremists dedicated to destroying the social contract, and the other party has been so enfeebled by two decades of collaboration with the donor class it can offer only feeble resistance to the forces that are devastating everyday people. Our economy is a plantation run for the aristocrats -- the CEOs, hedge funds, private equity firms -- while the field hands are left with the scraps. Go see Robert Reich's documentary INEQUALITY FOR ALL. It's all right there."

quote from Bill Moyers in the March 2014 issue of THE PROGRESSIVE

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Below please find a letter to the editor that was published over the weekend in the Syracuse Post-Standard from Mario Cilento, President NYS AFL-CIO, responding to recent comments by Syracuse
Mayor Stephanie Miner, which used a recent federal court decision allowing cuts to the pensions of Detroit retirees as justification for further cuts to public employee pensions in New York. Read more >>>

The CNY ALF will be starting our own New "Leadership Committee" in 2014.

Among the goals stated by the AFL-CIO which are slightly modified by the CNY ALF Leadership Committee are the following:

1. To motivate new and interested Union Members and activists to become more active in the Union, Labor Movement and Community

2. To educate these new and interested Union members and activists on the importance of the Union and the strength of collective bargaining

3. To provide opportunities for new and interested Labor and community activists to advance leadership, advocacy and activism skills

4. To increase the visibility of the Labor and community activists within the Labor movement and the greater community

5. To provide opportunities for social networking and relationship building

Brother Al Marzullo will be starting the CNY ALF group in Syracuse and is asking each local to send at least one member to participate in the founding of this organization.

Al and I invite you, as leaders of the regional labor movement, to participate and to identify members you believe will benefit from this training and who will be interested in participating in the network we build over the next few years. Once the Syracuse core group is established we hope to use those participating members who live throughout our region to foster New Leadership activity at the six CLC’s.

WHO to SEND to represent your UNION?...New members, members with new or expanded Union responsibilities or any who wish to become more committed to the union movement are all good candidates.

The FIRST meeting will be:

Thursday, January 16th 5:30 p.m.
at the CNY ALF Syracuse Office/615 West Genesee St. Syracuse 13204
Dinner will be served.
RSVP to wendy@cnylabor.org/315.422-3363

Please do not hesitate to contact either one of us with any questions.

Ann Marie Taliercio, Chair                                              Al Marzullo, Co-Chair
President, CNY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO      Membership Development
                                                                                             Coordinator, IBEW Local 43

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Friends of the Feathered

As part of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) Work Boots on the Ground project, New Jersey union members built and painted 52 pheasant and 10 quail transport boxes to support the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which raises and releases some 50,000 pheasants and 11,000 quail annually across the state. Read the full article>>>

 East Syracuse Minoa
United Teachers and School Related Professionals
invite you to join them for

"The Solidarity Golf Tournament"

Sunday, June 1, 2014, at The Links at Erie Village.

For more info and to register:  Click Here

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 Fast Track Legislation for the TPP Would Slash Jobs, and Cut Environmental and Consumer Protections

New York City- Representative Dan Maffei, unions, environmental, progressive and consumer groups joined together to oppose recently-introduced Fast Track legislation for the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Currently, the TPP is being negotiated in secret between the United States and 11 countries Pacific Rim countries including Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, and Vietnam, which are 40% of the world economy.

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"Letter Carriers are the social thread in the fabric of society..." CNY ALF AFL-CIO Executive Board Member Tom Dlugolenski shows how Union Letter Carriers mean much to our community especially in the midst of a State-wide snow emergency.

THANK You to all the members of the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO who take care of our communities everyday!

See News Story Here:

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Local services and good jobs are threatened in Broome County, and residents are fighting back. A public nursing home, a public transit system, and local mental health and developmental disability services are vital to the well-being of our community. Labor and community members are coming together to preserve good jobs and services in our community.

You can speak up for local services at a community forum on the proposed closure of Broome Developmental Center


WHAT: Community Forum on Broome Developmental Center Closure
WHEN: Tuesday, November 12
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Chenango Valley High School Auditorium
221 Chenango Bridge Road
Binghamton, NY 13901
CONTACT: 518-455-5741

More ways to fight...

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  Earlier this month, Central New York Area Labor Federation President and Save81.org charter member, Ann Marie Taliercio, spoke with 570 WSYR regarding her organizations’s stance on the boulevard option: “We came to the understanding after a long discussion where everybody on the board voiced their opinion that the boulevard just isn’t the way to go.” Read more >>>

The NYS Office of Mental Health has proposed the closure of Greater Binghamton Health Center's Child & Adolescent and Adult inpatient units in an effort to create "Regional Center of Excellence". GBHC ranks at the top of the state for children and adolescent treatment services."

Our Sisters and Brothers in CSEA are asking everyone who cares about the quality of care in our community to support the efforts to protect vital mental health services in our region that have sprung up online.  Sign the petitions to stop the closure and to help in the fight to protect quality mental health services in our community.  "Like" the FB page " Fight for Mental Health Services in the Southern Tier."

You can sign two petitions, one hosted on the MoveOn site and one at Senator Libous's page

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