Vincent Alvarez was elected as the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO’s (NYCCLC) first full-time President and first Latino President in 2011, and was re-elected in 2015 and 2019. He had previously served as Assistant Legislative Director of the NYS AFL-CIO, spearheading various worker-related policy initiatives throughout the state. From 2007-2009, Mr. Alvarez was Assistant to the Executive Director and then Chief of Staff of the NYCCLC.
A member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) since 1990, Mr. Alvarez began his career with IBEW Local 3 in Flushing, New York, serving on numerous political campaigns, grassroots initiatives, and negotiating committees. During this time, he also coordinated hundreds of labor mobilization and campaign events on behalf of the NYCCLC’s affiliates and was the lead organizer and Marshal of the NYC Labor Day Parade, the nation’s oldest and largest worker parade.
Mr. Alvarez is a Class C Director and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; a Vice President of the Consortium for Worker Education; a Principal Officer of Climate Jobs NY and a Director of the Climate Jobs National Resource Center. He serves on the Boards of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY); the New York Building Congress; the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust; the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition; the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America; and the Catholic Labor Network. He is Co-Chair of the National AFL-CIO State Federation and Central Labor Council Advisory Board, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and Cornell University’s Worker Institute Advisory Council.
He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta, where he majored in business economics.