August 24, 2016
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – Mario Cilento was re-elected unanimously by the delegates of the 33rd Constitutional Convention of the New York State AFL-CIO to a four year term as president. The election took plac at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York City.
As president, Cilento represents 2.5 million members from 3,000 affiliated public sector, private sector, and building trades unions throughout the state.
Cilento thanked the delegates telling them, “I am honored, humbled and privileged to have the opportunity to continue to serve the Labor Movement in our state and I will work tirelessly over the next four years to improve the lives of working men and women and their families.”
Cilento called Labor’s legislative, political and grassroots victories over the past four years unprecedented. He went on to list several of Labor’s key accomplishments including: the Fight for $15, Paid Family Leave, Safe Patient Handling legislation, Veterans Service Credit, an increase and indexation of Unemployment Insurance benefits, Industrial Development Agency Reform, and saving jobs at Alcoa in Massena and at the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego.
Labor prevented changes to the workers’ compensation system that would have been detrimental to injured workers and ensured the Scaffold Law continues to help keep men and women safe on job.
“These victories show what we can achieve when the Labor Movement coordinates its actions and makes its collective voice heard. Because, when 2.5 million members speak as one, we are impossible to ignore,” Cilento said.
In addition to Cilento, Terrence Melvin was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer.