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Despite its setbacks, or perhaps because of them, organized labor has an energy level that AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says he hasn’t seen before in his 50 years with the movement.

On May 7, while recovering from an illness, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President Larry Hanley died suddenly.  In a brief statement, his family,

Patt Moon-Updike wanted to be a nurse since she was 9 years old.

As Hurricane Harvey and its remnants bring unprecedented flooding and damage to a huge portion of Texas, working people in the state are going above and beyond their duties to help one another.

In January, I was invited to serve on President Donald Trump’s manufacturing council, along with my boss, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. At the time, I was deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO (the largest federation of trade unions in America) and a spokesperson for the organization on trade, manufacturing, and economic policy. President Trumka and I agreed to serve because we believed — and still do — that working people should have a voice in crucial government decisions affecting their jobs, their lives, and their families.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump stood in the lobby of his tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and again made excuses for bigotry and terrorism, effectively repudiating the remarks his staff wrote a day earlier in response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.

As you have likely heard, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives yesterday released legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.   As expected, it is a very bad deal for New York and working-class and poor Americans. 

 There are votes scheduled in House committees this week despite the fact that there is not yet a Congressional Budget Office score detailing how many people will lose health insurance if the legislation is enacted.  

 Key provisions of House Republican proposal:

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.