The first New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers Summit held Monday, June 15, 2015, at Caesars Atlantic City was packed to capacity. Over 75 young workers from 29 local unions participated in the program, harnessing the opportunity to learn from each other, better understand the labor movement, and continue building the statewide young workers program.
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Over 25 New Jersey young workers took a step back in history during a tour of the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark in Haledon. By understanding the past, young workers are developing the knowledge necessary to ensure a robust future for the labor movement. This is an ongoing theme of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers program, and we thank Passaic County Youth Engagement in Solidarity (YES), the Passaic County CLC, the American Labor Museum, and union affiliates for making this special event possible.
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Tonight, the Mercer County CLC and Mercer County YES hosted a Common Sense Economics workshop for over 30 young workers. On behalf of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers Advisory Committee, I’d like to thank the council for its leadership in promoting this valuable educational opportunity and power-building experience for young workers. I also thank all those young workers who took part in the program, for sharing their own experiences, and committing to build towards an economy that works for all.
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Under the leadership of Passaic County Central Labor Council President Juan Negron, the Passaic County YES (Youth Engagement in Solidarity) sponsored a Common Sense Economics workshop that brought out more than 70 progressive young union members last night.
A lively discussion on the economic issues concerning young workers, such as paying down student debt and the ability to earn a livable wage, was led by facilitators Amanda Pacheco, IBEW International Director of Education, OPEIU 153’s Alicia Bruce, the Passaic County YES chair, and Lauren Young-Boukema, staff representative, CWA 1036. The Passaic County young workers chapter also announced the launch of “YES +1,” a new effort to recruit and engage young workers in all facets of the labor movement.Read more
Success! The biggest gathering of future labor leaders in the country happened March 19-22 in Chicago, with New Jersey’s delegation of State AFL-CIO executive officers and young workers from affiliated unions called upon to play key roles in the Next Up Summit.
The summit brought together more than 1,000 young workers from across the country. The participants, who represent the future of the labor movement, experienced an energizing mix of leadership development, labor education, mentoring and networking.Read more
New Jersey State AFL-CIO WILD Conference: Blazing the Path to Economic Prosperity and Youth Empowerment
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference remains at the forefront of innovation, economic empowerment, and promoting union solidarity. The two-day conference, held every March to correspond with Women’s History Month, has become a defining feature of the New Jersey labor movement, and is the only conference of its kind in the country.
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In New Jersey, the Passaic County CLC is at the forefront of engaging and empowering our young union brothers and sisters through a program called Passaic County YES (Youth Engagement in Solidarity). The group which began meeting last year has an action packed agenda for 2015 that will focus on building grassroots solidarity among young workers and combining our strength with the broad labor movement to achieve progressive reforms.Read more
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.Read more
The Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference has been empowering union women for 11 years, and as we enter the New Year, we are resolved to keep that commitment going. With our preparations for the 12th Annual WILD Conference well underway, we are asking you to help make this conference another landmark success.
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Students and college graduates across the country are suffocating with massive levels of debt and millions more find themselves on a similar crash course. It seems to be only a matter of time before something snaps. Student debt is driven in large part to rising college tuition rates, but this is far from the whole story. Government lending practices are out-of-date and are ripe for improvement.
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