Young Workers

Our Mission


The New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers Program seeks to equip the next generation of working men and women with the tools, knowledge, and values to ensure a sustainable labor movement and to promote workplace justice for all.  

Why Young Workers Matter

The best way to respect the history of the labor movement is to make sure that our movement has a future; that future lies in the hands of young workers.

Union membership has been falling for more than half a century due to factors including bad trade deals, outdated labor laws, political attacks, and a lack of outreach to younger members.

Since its inception in 2014, the young workers program has served as a vehicle to address each of these challenges. This program provides a framework within which, young trade unionists can build leadership skills, learn about labor history, understand labor's policy priorities, and play an active role in revitalizing the labor movement.

Establishment of the Young Workers Program

On June 11, 2014, over 600 New Jersey State AFL-CIO delegates voted unanimously to adopt a resolution establishing a statewide young workers program under the auspices of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO to engage, train, and empower New Jersey’s next generation of workers.


State Young Workers Groups

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