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16th Annual MLK Labor Celebration a Huge Success!

This past Monday, the Martin Luther King Labor Celebration Committee of the CDALF held an event honoring Dr. King’s legacy at Hackett Middle School.  The keynote speaker was Colia Clark, a lifelong civil rights activist who marched alongside Dr. King.

Coila was preceded by a panel discussion featuring Alice Brody (NYSUT retiree), Kasseem Moultrie (SEIU Local 200United)  and Ben Gordon (CSEA).

Amazing entertainment was provided by Taina Asili, whose inspired songs of struggle and change brought the audience to their feet!

A special thank you to all who attended and our amzaing volunteers, without which this event could have never happened.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Special thanks to Brother Jon Flanders who took these great photos of the event.  More can be found here.

Solidarity with the workers at FairPoint Communications


There’s a strike at FairPoint!  IBEW and CWA members have been striking for a fair contract. The strike has stretched into its 14th week and the strike fund is running low.  Our brave Brothers and Sisters across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont need our help.  From Jim Snow, the AFL- CIO Regional Director for the North East:

“This strike is a pivotal one for the labor movement in northern New England.  In addition to the wellbeing of 2000 union families, our ability to defend others, and to pursue a strategy of Raising Wages in New England, is very much at stake.

Striking workers face special hardships in the winter.  We hope that the current mediation sessions will produce an agreement, but after 14 weeks there is tremendous stress on our brothers and sisters in any case.  Please see the address and link below to make a contribution.

IBEW-CWA Solidarity Fund
C/O IBEW Local 2327
21 Gabriel Drive
Augusta, ME 04330

Or you can give online by clicking here.

Your donation helps striking workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont continue one day longer, one day stronger.”

Thank you so much for any contribution you can make to help support the strikers!


This Black Friday, the Capital District Area Labor Federation and allies stood over 50 strong to protest the low wages and poor working conditions faced by the rank and file employees of Wal Mart. We stood up for a 15 dollar minimum wage, full time employment and a regular schedule, all of which are easy things to change for one of the most profitable countries on earth!

We generated activity all across the capital region and were covered by several media outlets. You can see News Channel 13’s coverage by clicking here.


URGENT: There will be an emergency meeting of the Schenectady Area Labor Council on Tuesday, November 25th at 6 PM at 718 Union Street in Schenectady.

This meeting is to vote on a measure crucial to the passage of a bond to facilitate needed repairs in the Johnstown School District.

Please join us for a Black Friday rally w/ local Labor, community, and faith leaders in solidarity w/ Walmart workers across the country!1506595_10152383923317186_7141663887293748558_n

This event is in response to Walmart employees with the group OURWalmart who have called for a national day of action, standing up for improved working conditions, fair treatment and fair compensation. Workers striking and rallying this Black Friday are demanding a commitment from the Walton family and Walmart to pay at least $15 an hour and to provide consistent, full-time employment.

Everyone is encouraged to dress as warmly as possible! Signs will be available at the event, but please feel free to bring your own sign and message as well!

Labor closes the summer right!

Labor Day is quickly approaching and the Capital District is ready to close the summer on a high note. Please join us over the next two weeks as we continue ongoing struggles locally, as well as take time to celebrate the decades of hard fought victories that unions have won for all Americans. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the upcoming events. Find out more about these events by clicking here!

The CDALF is excited to help reelect DiNapoli

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