New York City Central Labor Council
275 Seventh Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10001
The NYC CLC represents over 1.3 million members from over 300 local unions.
As a member of Local 3 IBEW, Vinny was active in a number of programs on behalf of the union, serving on numerous political campaigns, grassroots initiatives and negotiating committees. During this time, he also served as a volunteer for the NYC CLC, coordinating hundreds of labor mobilization and campaign events on behalf of the federation’s affiliates. He was also the lead organizer and marshal of the Labor Day Parade, the nation’s oldest and largest worker parade.
In 2007, Vinny joined the NYC CLC as Assistant to the Executive Director. He held the position through 2009, when he was appointed Chief of Staff. During this time, he attended the National AFL-CIO Leadership Institute and was selected to serve as a New York liaison to the National AFL-CIO’s Field Department.
In 2010, Vinny joined the staff of the New York State AFL-CIO as Assistant Legislative Director, spearheading various worker related policy initiatives throughout the state.
On June 30, 2011, Vinny was elected as the first full-time President of the NYC CLC. He is also the organization’s first Latino President.
Vinny is the board chairman for the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University, as well as a board member for the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America, the AFL-CIO State Federation CLC Advisory Board, and the Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at City University of New York. President Vincent Alvarez also serves as a vice president of the Consortium for Worker Education, one of the CLC’s partners.
Janella T. Hinds, Secretary-Treasurer, NYC CLC, UFT
Janella is a certified Social Studies teacher who worked eight years as a dean, student council advisor and conflict resolution specialist while teaching at public high schools in Brooklyn.
Prior to her work at the NYC CLC and the UFT, Janella was Public Policy Director for the New York State AFL-CIO, and she is currently a delegate to the annual conventions of the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and its state affiliate, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). She is a member of the American Federation of Teachers’ Black and Latino Caucuses, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), among other organizations. Janella also serves on the executive board of the New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell University Union Leadership Institute. Also known as the NY AFL-CIO Union Leadership Institute, the Cornell ILR is the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Janella has been a driving force in the UFT’s campaigns against the unjust closing of public schools and has played a crucial role in the negotiations to make teacher evaluation more comprehensive.
- Joyce Alston, President, BCTGM Local 3
- Stuart Appelbaum, President RWDSU/UFCW
- Robert Bonanza, Business Manager, LIUNA Mason Tenders District Council
- Bruce Both, President, UFCW Local 1500
- Barbara Bowen, President, PSC/CUNY
- Stephen Cassidy, President, IAFF Local 94 Uniformed Fire Fighters Association
- Arthur Cheliotes, President, CWA Local 1180
- Ed Christian, President/Business Manager, IUOE Local 14-14B
- James J. Claffey, Jr., President, IATSE Local 1 Stagehands
- Peter Clark, Recording Secretary/Business Agent, ILA Atlantic Coast District
- James Conigliaro, Directing Business Representative, IAMAW District 15
- Lester Crockett, Regional Pres., CSEA/AFSCME Local 1000, Region 11
- Patrick Dolan, Jr., President, Steamfitters Local 638
- John Durso, President, RWDSU/UFCW Local 338
- Christopher Erikson, Business Manager, IBEW Local 3
- Harry Farrell, President, UWUA Local 1-2
- Hector Figueroa, President, SEIU 32BJ
- Gregory Floyd, President, IBT Local 237
- Raglan George, Executive Director, AFSCME DC 1707
- Michael Goodwin, President, Office and Professional Employees Int’l Union
- George Gresham, President, SEIU Local 1199
- Julie Kushner, Director, UAW Region 9A
- Gary LaBarbara, President, Building and Construction Trades Council
- George Miranda, President, IBT Joint Council 16
- Michael Mulgrew, President, United Federation of Teachers
- John J. Murphy, Business Manager, Plumbers Local 1
- Harry Nespoli, President, IBT Local 831 Sanitation Employees
- Joseph Ramaglia, Business Manager, IUPAT District Council 9
- Roberta Reardon, Co-President, SAG-AFTRA
- Lillian Roberts, Executive Director, AFSCME District Council 37
- Edgar Romney, Manager, Workers United
- John Samuelsen, President, TWU Local 100
- Christopher Shelton, Vice President, CWA District One
- Peter Ward, President, NY Hotel Trades Council
Most of the NYC CLC’s efforts to create green jobs and a greener city are administered through its workforce development arm, the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE). Green industry development is one of the primary aims of the Consortium.
In particular, “CWE Green,” an EPA Environmental Quality Award Recipient, is a network of workforce development providers “focused on helping job-seekers and companies enter the growing green economy.” CWE Green offers “classes, programs, placement services, networking opportunities and more for individuals and businesses targeting sustainable, green jobs.” CWE Green’s major areas of focus are:
- The Center for Environmental Workforce Training- an educational hub for community based learning and career advancement in the area of green jobs and industry.
- The Bronx Green Business Network- works with companies to create good green job opportunities and build a greener New York by promoting local products and services, and helping to develop green businesses and markets.
The CWE is also in the process of implementing the $4 million Green Jobs “Pathways” grant awarded by the US Department of Labor. Already, the grant “has established the Center for Environmental Workforce Training (CEWT) to recruit, train and identify employment opportunities for Bronx residents in city-wide emerging Green industries and transitioning sectors.” According to the CWE, “this initiative also helps local Green businesses flourish by providing support and development services for businesses involved in clean energy provision, energy saving retrofitting, pro-environmental manufacturing, materials recycling, materials re-use, and de-construction.”
The NYC CLC and CWE also obtained a matching grant to pay for LEED training for 140 architects and engineers. The AFL-CIO congratulated the union and consortium for “advancing an environmentally sustainable future while also ensuring members have the most up-to-date skills and can stay competitive in a state that has an ambitious 25-year construction plan—which Local 375 and the consortium helped develop.”
In 2009, CWE received two grants by the NYS Department of Labor that it used to aid unemployed workers transition to green jobs in the Bronx and Brooklyn. With this initiative, CWE didn’t stop at training; “participants received wrap-around employability preparation and support services construction-related skills preparation through CWE’s Sustainable Mechanical and Retrofitting Technologies (SMaRT) curriculum.” This is the kind of innovation that union workers need to see: that new skills training is not only available, but that the jobs will to be there for them after they go through the process.
Another partner organization, the Alliance for greater NY (ALIGN) features campaigns for Sustainability as well as Clean and Safe Ports in the city. ALIGN says, “communities located near ports or along major truck routes are saturated by toxic, deadly diesel pollution… In the next few years, the volume of trade at our ports is expected to double. We need to act now to bring economic and environmental sustainability to an industry that needs to clean up its act.” Furthermore, ALIGN links Hurricane Sandy to climate change determining that “the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy is a recent reminder of New York’s vulnerabilities, and the need to more effectively prepare for and address the threats from climate change.” Former NYC CLC president Edward Ott now serves on the board of ALIGN, cementing the relationship between the two groups.
Additional Comments and Analysis
The best way to engage the NYC labor council could be to highlight the fact that a lot of the dirty energy employers have dirty records of exploitation. Even on the NYC CLC site, the council recognizes that “some employers, like Massey Energy and BP, cut corners and violate the law, putting workers in serious danger and costing lives. Each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.”