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Sep 23

Young Workers Summit looks to build on last year’s success

Hundreds of young union activists will travel to Minneapolis on Sept. 29 to participate in the second annual AFL-CIO “Next Up” Young Workers Summit.  The summit is designed to help develop the next generation of labor leaders.  AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler spoke of recent events in Egypt and Wisconsin as examples of young people leading movements, “The labor movement is no different.  We’ve spent the last two years talking to young people about what’s next for working people in this country and what we need to do to get us there.”

Over the course of four days, the youth activists will attend workshops focused on the current economic crisis and pathways to build a just economy, as well as the ongoing attacks on workers’ rights from state legislatures. They will hear from a number of speakers including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and actor Lucas Neff from Fox’s “Raising Hope.”  The young activists will also give back to the community by participating in a day-long service project in downtown Minneapolis.

The upcoming summit is not the only project in the works for young union leaders. “Since the last summit, we worked to make young worker outreach a permanent part of the AFL-CIO – we’ve formed the Young Worker Advisory Council to give young activists and leaders a clear voice in shaping the conversation about how to grow and develop the next generation of labor leaders.  And the council has put together a plan to engage the next generation of young workers” Shuler said.

Please visit the AFL-CIO Young Workers Summit website for more information.