June 23rd, 2015
As aging leaders look to the future and try to get young members more involved, young worker programs with perky, forward-looking names—the AFL-CIO’s “Next Up,” AFSCME’s “Next Wave,” and CWA’s “Next Gen”—have popped up in many national unions.
We spoke to three young organizers who are working where the rubber hits the road—the local level.
“Rising Stars” is the young worker committee of OPEIU Local 2 in Washington, D.C. The “Futures Committee” is part of the Greater Boston Central Labor Council (CLC). And the “Young Women’s Committee” is part of Philadelphia’s chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW).
They shared their best practices for building and maintaining powerful young worker groups.