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Working families deserve a leader who will focus on “we, the people,” not just on the person they see in the mirror. Only Vice President Joe Biden can be that president. I’ve known Joe for 40 years. He loves his family, loves working people and loves our country. His “Made in America” plan will revitalize America's manufacturing in a way Trump never could. Biden doesn’t only have the best plan to beat the virus and help workers recover financially—he is the only candidate for president with a plan at all. And with a Biden administration, we’ll finally pass the PRO Act, allowing workers to join a union freely and fairly.
Fifty-five years ago, in a speech to the convention of the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. laid out with characteristic moral clarity the essential role of unions in American life. “The labor movement,” he explained, “was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress … [When] the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society. Civilization began to grow in the economic life of man, and a decent life with a sense of security and dignity became a reality rather than a distant dream.”

This Labor Day, America’s working families are facing unprecedented challenges.

The Central New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO is the area federation representing over 100,000 members of 200 local unions in eleven central New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins.  The labor council that represents Cortland and Tompkins counties is the Mid State Labor Council. The Mid State Labor Council is one of nearly 500 state and local labor councils of the AFL-CIO and are the heart of the labor movement.

Happy New Year 2017!

New Year 2017 is shaping up be a year when the hard fights of the past will become the hard fights of the present; ones we cannot lose.

The American Labor Movement must lead valiantly with “One Voice” as Ed Cleary, who we lost this past year, repeatedly told us during his term as President of the NYS AFL-CIO. We must strategically shout with One Voice if we are ever to win the battles that it appears, president-elect Trump is putting before us.

Thank You to All the CNY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO Affiliates and their Union families for your dedication to the political process and passionate hard work to do what ever it takes to fight for the issues that affect all Workers in this, and every election season.

Not electing the first woman President of the United States was definitely an opportunity missed to continue our country's journey, past the inequities faced by all Workers and in particular women and minorities.

NYS AFL-CIO Endorsements in the 11 county area of the
 Central NY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

A list of all of the NYS races can be found here: Federal races here:

AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, published a new column on Huffington Post. He writes how Hillary roots for working people and why working people are championing her in tonight's presidential debate.

Important elections are coming this fall. In addition to electing the next president of the United States, we will be voting for members of Congress, and state and local leaders. The outcome of these elections is likely to have a direct impact on your life, from the president, who will make lifetime appointments, to the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts to the city council members, who will decide whether or not you get that stoplight at the dangerous intersection near your home.

One night at his UPS job, Tefere Gebre's co-worker handed him some union material. 

“He told me that I’d get health care and vacation and other benefits by filling it out. I said, ‘Are you serious?’ I thought, ‘Hmm. Everyone should have that.’”

Tefere, the executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, has been a proud union member for most of his life, valuing the freedom of people to come together in union.

Growing up in rural Kentucky, Augusta Thomas witnessed the extreme measures elected officials would take to prevent African-American men from voting.