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Why Are Millennials Worse Off Than You Are?

Why Are Millennials Worse Off Than You Are?

Ever feel like you’ve been set up to fail?

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I Am a #YOUNGWORKER

A new video, produced by a collaboration from UCLA's Department of History and the UCLA Labor Center, combines the experiences of young workers and research to tell the story of young workers in the United States. Titled "I Am A #YOUNGWORKER," the animated video is a powerful dive into the world of work for young Americans.

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Student Loan Debt Is a National Problem That Needs a Solution

Student Loan Debt Is a National Problem That Needs a Solution

This month, the class of 2015 will start to receive their student loan repayment schedules now that the six-month grace period is over. This graduating class of undergraduates owes close to $70 billion in student debt, averaging out to around $35,000 a person, making the class of 2015 the most indebted class ever.

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Young Union Member Speaks at Large NYC Rally on Global Goals

Young Union Member Speaks at Large NYC Rally on Global Goals

Last night, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in cities all over the world to stand in solidarity around global goals to alleviate poverty, economic inequality and climate change. Even though people were in separate continents, countries and cities, from Australia to South Korea to the United States, they all gathered "Under One Sky" to come together for these common aspirations. 

Lorraine Barcant, a member of AFSCME Local 375, AFL-CIO Next Up and the Young Worker Advisory Council, made the following speech at the Under One Sky rally in New York City last night (after the jump). 

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National Voter Registration Day Is a Civic Duty

National Voter Registration Day Is a Civic Duty

Since the 2000 elections, when I was first awakened to the fight for voting rights, I’ve come to realize the importance of National Voter Registration Day as a civic duty, and a means to proactively combat the divisive aims and effects of voter suppression. Steeped in oppressive roots, voter suppression laws and tactics continue to undermine democracy in the United States. Since January 2013, 15 states have introduced bills that make it harder to vote, particularly for people of color and the economically disadvantaged.

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Why the Fed Is Not Close to Achieving Full Employment and Shouldn't Be Discussing Raising Interest Rates: The Case of Young Workers

Labor Day is soon. And while it is a day to celebrate the history and contributions of America’s working people in building our nation, it also marks a return to school for students. And, it is a time to reflect on those seniors, in high school and college, starting their final year before joining America’s labor market.

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First Statewide Young Workers Summit Empowers Dozens to Lead in the Fight for Labor’s Future

First Statewide Young Workers Summit Empowers Dozens to Lead in the Fight for Labor’s Future

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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Young New Jersey Workers Look to Past for Clues for Future

More than 25 young workers in New Jersey 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 Labor Council, the American Labor Museum and union affiliates for making this special event possible.

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Does That Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave?

Courtney Jenkins

Welcome to Baltimore, Md. My home for the entire 27 years I’ve been on this earth. Home of crab cakes, Old Bay and our nation’s national anthem, "The Star- Spangled Banner." Baltimore also is home to some not-so-great things like poverty, high unemployment, crime, drugs and a public education system that lacks the proper resources for students and teachers. Baltimore could be any city in the United States today.

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Unions Are a Woman's Best Friend

Planning at the AFL-CIO's Next Up Young Worker Summit

With National Women’s History Month behind us now, it’s still important to celebrate the great strides women have made over the past decades. It is equally important to remember how many women workers still don’t have the basic necessities they need to support themselves and their families. The labor movement views the struggle for women’s equality as a shared fight, especially considering women are the sole or primary breadwinners for 40% of families in the United States. Women of color, in particular, have a hard time getting good pay and benefits, and they make up a disproportionate share of low-wage workers.

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