The future of the labor movement will depend on today’s union leaders ensuring that young union members are able to carry forward our collective message of progressive middle class values. The Young Workers Summit being held in Chicago from March 19-22, 2015, will provide an opportunity to engage, educate, and cultivate young union members as never before.
Therefore, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO is encouraging all affiliates to consider sponsoring their young brothers and sisters to participate in this upcoming summit. The State Federation is proud to sponsor participants for the summit, and together with our affiliates, we can send a message that demonstrates New Jersey’s commitment to the future of our labor movement.
Details for the conference as well as registration and lodging information can be found at www.nextupsummit.org. The summit will feature several keynote speakers and interactive workshops that will help to build unity and solidarity among young union members and promote an understanding of why the labor movement remains the most effective vehicle to advancing the causes of social and economic justice in our state and nation.
In addition to this summit, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO is making great strides in the development of young workers programs here in our state. The first such program, called Passaic County YES (Youth Engagement in Solidarity), is a project of the Passaic County CLC and has created its own Facebook page and has begun holding regular meetings.
We look forward to your continued support in ensuring that New Jersey sets the standard for young workers groups around the nation.