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Next Up: The Promise of AFL–CIO-Affiliated Young Worker Groups

Authors

  • Monica Bielski Boris,

  • Jeff Grabelsky,

  • Ken Margolies,

  • David Reynolds


Abstract

In recent years, the American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial Organization (AFL–CIO) has attempted to spur and support the development of young worker organizations as a way of engaging more young people in the labor movement. One result has been the growth of young worker groups affiliated with local AFL–CIO bodies. This article summarizes the findings of our team of researchers who worked with the AFL–CIO to document and evaluate the most developed of these new young worker organizations. We explore the activities and character of these groups, the distinct contribution that they make to revive the American labor movement, and the challenges they face in continuing to grow and to spur similar groups across the country.

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