June 19, 2015
New York, NY – The delegates of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, [NYCCLC] have overwhelmingly approved a second term for President Vincent Alvarez, and Secretary-Treasurer Janella T. Hinds.
The pair, the labor federation’s first Latino president, and Black secretary-treasurer, respectively, have a combined 44 years in the labor movement. President Alvarez, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, worked in the electrical industry for 17 years before becoming a staffer at the Central Labor Council, and later the NY State AFL-CIO. An educator by trade, Secretary-Treasurer Hinds got her start in labor as a social studies teacher, and has also worked for the NY State AFL-CIO, and the UFT. Hinds is also the UFT’s Vice President of Academic High Schools.
“Vinny Alvarez and Janella Hinds have demonstrated great leadership in bringing the Central Labor Council back to labor’s roots – activism,” said Julie Kushner, Director of UAW Region 9A. “By understanding and addressing workers issues in the broadest context of our community they have advanced the cause of social justice in New York City. Whether it is a political battle, a contract campaign, a strike, or an organizing drive, the CLC is on the map as a leader in New York.”
The NYCCLC represents some 1.3 million working men and women throughout the city. Alvarez and Hinds were first elected to head the venerable labor federation in 2011.
"I congratulate Vinny and Janella on their re-election,” said DC37 AFSCME Executive Director Henry Garrido. “They are a great team who've demonstrated the willingness to take on the unprecedented challenges facing our labor movement today. These are tough times for us, but the council and the city's labor movement is in good hands with them at the helm of the CLC. I look forward to continuing to work with them as they stand up for the working men and women of New York City.”