The AFL-CIO’s Next Up Young Worker Summit kicks off Thursday, when more than 1,000 young union members, students and community activists meet in Chicago to map out strategies to create an economy that works for young people, including tackling crippling student debt, low and stagnant wages, discrimination in the workplace and a host of other issues that young workers face on the job.
You can follow the summit on Twitter with the hashtag #1uNextUp and on the Next Up Facebook page here. You also can text NEXT to 235246 for updates and see video reports from the summit here beginning Friday.
The conference, which runs through March 22, will include workshops and training sessions on mobilization and activism, organizing to raise wages, win a voice at work and in political campaigns, local and state issues, gender equality, immigrant rights, veterans’ issues, work–life balance and more.
The young activists also will take to the streets in a demonstration outside a McDonald’s restaurant, calling for a $15 an hour minimum wage, supporting the Retail Action Project’s #ChangeZara campaign and canvassing for teacher Tara Stamps, a member of the Chicago Teachers Union running for an alderman’s seat in Ward 37.
Scheduled speakers include actor Danny Glover, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), MSNBC contributor Dorian Warren, AFL-CIO officers—President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre—and Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan.