ALBANY, N.Y. December 15, 2011 - New York State United Teachers President Richard C. Iannuzzi released the following statement today in support of Mario Cilento's election as president of the New York State AFL-CIO:
"We are confident that Mario Cilento will embody the state AFL-CIO's outstanding commitment to solidarity and worker rights, and build on the strong record of his predecessor, Denis Hughes," Iannuzzi said. "Mario is the right person, at the right time, to carry us into a new age of unionism that never loses sight of its core values. Everyone at NYSUT looks forward to working with Mario and the entire labor movement to expand our ability to galvanize working families across New York state."
NYSUT, the state's largest union, represents some 600,000 classroom teachers and other school employees; faculty and other professionals at the state's community colleges, State University of New York and City University of New York, and other education and health professionals. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO.