Working Families is New York’s progressive political party. The Working Families Party is focused on tackling the political, economic, and educational inequality that deprive working and middle class families of opportunity. Our vision is to build a New York that is fair for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected.More
We recruit, train, and elect the next generation of progressive leaders to local and state office — candidates who fight for the needs of working class, middle class and poor families. We’re known for our legislative fights on issues that cut to the core of New Yorkers’ concerns today–raising the minimum wage and guaranteeing paid sick days, fighting the influence of big money over politics, and defending quality public schools. Nearly a quarter million New Yorkers voted on the Working Families Party ballot line in 2012.
Voters across the state vote on the Working Families Party ballot line because they want to see elected leaders who care more about the needs of every day voters than the demands Wall Steet billionaires and corporate lobbyists. That’s why hundreds of thousands of Working Families voters are helping to build a stronger progressive movement.
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Gov. Cuomo and state legislators approved education reforms last week that aim to make teachers even more focused on teaching to the test. His plan misuses state-mandated standardized student tests to evaluate teachers -- a purpose for which they are not ... More
For Immediate Release: March 31, 2015 Albany, NY - In reaction to the budget bills released today, Karen Scharff, Co-Chair of the New York Working Families Party said: The fixation with an on-time budget should not trump the importance of ... More
For Immediate Release: March 31, 2015 The following is a joint statement by the Working Families Party, the Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action of New York, Make the Road Action Fund, and New York Communities for Change: ... More
On February 17th, in Plattsburgh, NY, Working Families members and others from across the North Country came together for "Why She Ran," a conversation about the challenges faced by women in politics -- and the importance of tackling those challenges head on. Joining us for the ... More
WFP sent the following letter to Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Heastie calling for an end to the 421-a abatement program favoring city real estate developers. For more, read this article in today's NY Daily News. Dear Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Skelos, and Assembly ... More
We know a champion for working families when we see one -- and millions of Americans clearly do too. That's why Senator Warren is inspiring such a remarkable surge of grassroots enthusiasm. She's taken the fight directly to Wall St. and ... More
There is a lot at stake this legislative session. But unless we all demand action now, neither Republicans nor Democrats will act on the one issue that underlies all of the others: a political system that allows big money interests ... More
Today, Gov. Cuomo outlined his priorities for New York state in 2015 in his State of the State address. Click here to watch WFP's video response to Gov. Cuomo's State of the State speech -- then let us know what your ... More
Responding to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address today, Working Families Party Director Bill Lipton called on the Governor to embrace a bolder agenda that addresses inequality and puts working families first. ... More
Governor needs to make working families top priority (op-ed) By Bill Lipton, Working Families Party Times-Union, January 20, 2015 As the 2015 legislative session gets under way, New Yorkers are wondering in what direction Gov. Andrew Cuomo will lead the state in ... More