Today’s young workers are part of the largest generation to enter the workforce since the baby boomers. People born between the late 1970s and 2000 also make up the most diverse and technologically savvy generation in America’s history. But they suffer the nation’s highest unemployment—about twice the national average—and the fewest job opportunities in today’s economy. And this isn’t just a U.S. problem—it’s global.
Yet this generation of young workers is active, engaged and ready to reverse economic and social injustice. With students, civil and human rights advocates, LGBTQ activists and many others, young union members and nonunion workers are coming together in a powerful force.
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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