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Do You Wear Jeans? If So, This Is Why ‘Made In America’ Matters To You

Published on Friday, October 26, 2012 in Young Unionists
National AFL-CIO News Now Editor’s Note: Wear Jeans? Why Made in America Matters to You is a Cross-Post from the Youth Monument Blog, by Celeste Drake, who serves as a Trade & Globalization Policy Specialist at the National AFL-CIO. Buy American. Made in America. In today’s interconnected world, those ideas might seem more like leftovers more»

International Association Of Machinists Union Member & Combat Vet Kurt Lajala Seeks Hawaii State Senate Seat

Published on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: Local 1998 International Association of Machinists (IAM) Members show their support for IAM Member and Hawaii State Senate District 9 Candidate Kurt Lajala (Pictured Above/Far Right/Photo Courtesy of (HONOLULU, HAWAII) - The best way to make Working Family Issues a priority in Government is to get more»

The Service Employees International Union Launches First Independent Expenditure Spanish Language Political Radio Ads

Published on Thursday, October 11, 2012 in Young Unionists
(SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA) – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has announced they will begin airing two 60-second Spanish Language Radio Ads in California’s hotly-contested 10th District Congressional Race. Representation and Education are the first two ads in an aggressive Spanish-Language Radio Campaign that will run in the more»

Initial Young Unionists/Western New York NextUP Mixer A Big Success

Published on Monday, October 1, 2012 in Young Unionists
(BUFFALO) –, Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper, was proud to take part in the first Western New York NextUP Chapter’s Social Event, which drew 70 Young Union Members and an array of area Labor Leaders and Representatives during a Happy Hour that was held at 67 West in Downtown Buffalo’s Chippewa Entertainment District. Kudos go more»

Young Unionists’ Report From Minnesota: Young Workers Showing New Ways To Lead

Published on Saturday, September 22, 2012 in Young Unionists
No one would blame Nicholas Perez and Cheri Stewart if they decided the problems facing their Generation are just too big to tackle. After all, Unemployment among 16-to-24-year olds stands at more than 17% and is even higher for Young People of Color, many College Graduates are burdened with tens of thousands of dollars of debt, and Older Workers often more»

From Young Unionist Michael Hoffert, Jr.: A Report On The International Alliance Of Theatrical Stage Employees Young Worker’s Conference In Philadelphia

Published on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: Michael Hoffert, Jr. is a Union Member with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 121 in Niagara Falls, and is also the son of Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President Michael Hoffert. Mike recently attended an IATSE Young Workers Conference in Philadelphia and agreed to submit to more»

Four Labor Movement Leaders Answer The Question From The American Prospect’s Harold Meyerson: What Does Labor Need to Do to Survive?

Published on Friday, September 14, 2012 in Young Unionists
The American Prospect Editor’s Note: Harold Meyerson – who is Editor-at-Large at The American Prospect and a Columnist for The Washington Post - talks to four Labor Movement Leaders about the future of Unions in America: In reporting my piece on Labor’s future - If Labor Dies, What's Next? - I talked with a number of Labor Leaders and Activists more»

From Millwright Ron Via Facebook: How Can I Support My Union?

Published on Thursday, September 13, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: During Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper’s perusal of the Social Network Facebook, ran across some very interesting comments posted by Facebook Friend Millwright Ron: How can I support my Union? His comments were very insightful, so much so that asked Millwright Ron if he would more»

Know Someone In The States Of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio Or Florida? Then Tell Them About Workers' Voice Friends & Neighbors App

Published on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 in Young Unionists
Want to do your part in getting your Friends and Family Out to Vote for Pro-Working Family Candidates this November? Then sign up for the Workers' Voice Friends and Neighbors (FAN) On-Line Social Phone Bank Tool that was just launched in seven States, including Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio and Florida. The App allows more»

From The Nation: Why Are The NFL Refs Locked Out?

Published on Monday, September 10, 2012 in Young Unionists
Although anathema to NFL Fans across the Country, we should recognize that sometimes a Punter shall lead us. It was Minnesota Viking’s punter Chris Kluwe who took to Twitter and said what has been so painfully obvious through three weeks of the National Football League’s Pre-Season: “The NFL really needs to ‘kiss and make up’ with the Refs. more»

Young Unionists Group – Western New York NextUp – Getting Up & Off The Ground

Published on Thursday, August 30, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: Information on the National AFL-CIO’s NextUp Effort can be accessed directly at To find a listing of NextUp Chapters across the United States – including in the Albany and Rochester areas – visit: more»

The New York State United Teachers Unions Takes Anti-Bullying Message To The State Fair In Syracuse

Published on Thursday, August 23, 2012 in Young Unionists
(SYRACUSE) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union will make available at its State Fair Booth in Syracuse Anti-Bullying Material as part of its on-going effort to help Students, Parents and Teachers recognize and Prevent Bullying at School and in Cyberspace. The materials, which were designed for the New School Year, coincide with the more»

Young Unionists Gather In Washington As Part Of NextUp Young Worker Program

Published on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Young Unionists
(WASHINGTON) - If 35-year-old Julie Garrett, a Member of the Federation of Social Workers/IUE (International Union of Electricians)-CWA (Communications Workers of America) Local 81381 in Rochester wasn’t in her Union, she says she’d be working a Minimum-Wage Job with no Benefits, barely able to support her 4-year-old daughter. “Young people need to more»

Labor News Report On The New York State United Teachers’ Leadership Institute

Published on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: Luke Silliman is an American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Delegate at the Cheektowaga Central Teachers Association and a 2012 Graduate of New York State United Teachers’ Leadership Institute. Silliman authored the following Labor News Report on NYSUT’s Leadership Institute for He is pictured above, more»

Labor Day Marks The Beginning Of ‘Union Label Week’

Published on Monday, August 13, 2012 in Young Unionists
From Richard Kline, President of the Union Label and Service Trades Department/AFL-CIO: Beginning Labor Day - on Monday, September 3rd through Sunday, September 9th - American La­bor will observe Union Label Week, the time traditionally set aside for Union Families and all Consumers to make a special effort to support Good Jobs by looking for Union-Made more»

Special To From Ironworkers Local 8 Union Member & Wisconsin State Assembly Candidate Randy Bryce: I’m Running Because It’s Time For Working People To Stop Crossing Our Fingers When We Enter The Polling Place

Published on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper ran across 47-year-old Randy Bryce (Pictured Above), a Union Member with Ironworkers Local 8 and a Candidate for the Wisconsin State Assembly, on the Social Network Facebook. Bryce is in an August 14th Democratic Primary Election for the Wisconsin State Assembly’s 62nd District more»

The Oregon AFL-CIO Takes An Entirely Different Tack In Order To Reach Out To The General Public And Work To Dispel That Nagging ‘Union Thug’ Stereotype/Offers Hugs from ‘Union Thugs' At Portland Parks

Published on Sunday, August 5, 2012 in Young Unionists
Forget the Kissing Booth, a hug from a Union Thug is so much better. Recently, the Oregon AFL-CIO set up three Hug-A-Thug tables in Portland, Oregon Parks where passersby were treated to hugs from National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Union Member Willie Groshell and Union Members Leah Okin and Patrick Landers, who are represented by the Theatrical more»

Law Students Connect With Workers & The Community In Law Student Union Summer of Service

Published on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 in Young Unionists
Law Student Patrick Callahan recently joined an Organizing Team in the State of Alabama, home-visiting the Families of Workers at a Limestone Mine who are weighing whether to join the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Union. In a nutshell, Callahan – who is participating in the National AFL-CIO's Law Students Connect with Workers, Community in Summer more»

Labor Perspective From Non-Union Pennsylvania Management Consultant Frank Arcoleo Via Union-Bashing Frauds And The Fools They Convince

Published on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper came across the following Labor Perspective that appeared on the Website that was written by Frank Arcoleo, who was self-described as a CPA, an MBA, and a Management Consultant specializing in Business Strategy, Process Redesign and Technology Implementation, who more»

A ‘Working Man’s Perspective’ From Communications Workers Of America Local 1102 Business Agent Steve Lawton On Staten Island: Labor Needs To Reach Out And Engage Every Single Union Member Who’s Lost His Or Her ‘Union Identity’

Published on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper met Steve Lawton (pictured above), who is a Business Agent for CWA (Communications Workers of America) Local 1102 on Staten Island, through the Social Network Facebook. Over the course of time, has kept an eye on Lawton’s posted FB comments involving the Labor more»

Labor Perspective From Wisconsin Labor Activist Daniel Dreckschmidt: Solidarity Forever - I Know What It Means To Not Be Represented By A Union

Published on Sunday, July 8, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper recently met Wisconsin Labor Activist Daniel Dreckschmidt on the Social Network Facebook. A comment he made in regards to being represented in the Workplace by a Union caught the eye of Editor/Publisher Tom Campbell, who reached out to Dreckschmidt and asked if he more»

Labor Viewpoint Via Able2know.Org And Author Martin Hill: The War On Labor Unions Is A War On All Of Us

Published on Monday, July 2, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper recently ran across the following Labor Viewpoint Piece that was published on the website and was authored by Martin Hill, who was described as a former Newspaper and Magazine Writer and Editor who now works as a Military Operations Analyst: It’s obvious now more»

Seventy-Eight Members From 25 Labor Unions Earn Bachelor’s Degrees In Labor Studies As They Graduate From The National Labor College In Silver Spring, Maryland

Published on Sunday, July 1, 2012 in Young Unionists
(SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND) - Mark King considers the Bachelor’s Degree in Labor Studies that he recently received at the National Labor College’s (NLC's) Class of 2012 commencement as his Keys to the Kingdom. King, a New Hampshire School Librarian and American Federation of Teachers Union (AFT) Member, was one of 78 Graduates from 25 Labor Unions and the more»

Young Labor Activists From Across The Country Train At The National AFL-CIO’s ‘Union Summer’

Published on Sunday, June 24, 2012 in Young Unionists
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Twenty-one-year-old Lindsey Lunsford has a personal connection to the Labor Movement but didn’t see its relevance to her life until she participated in the National AFL-CIO’s Union Summer Training Program. “My grandfather was a Member of the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters and through that Membership, he was able to work more»

Why A Growing Movement Of Young People Could Ignite A Workers' Revolution

Published on Monday, June 18, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: The following is a cross-post from Common Dreams (via the National AFL-CIO News Now Blog) that was authored by Michelle Chen, a Contributing Editor at In These Times and other publications. The following is an excerpt from a longer essay: What Labor Looks Like: From Wisconsin to Cairo, Youth Hold a Mirror to History of more»

Netroots Nation: A Bunch of Rich Guys Stole Our Money

Published on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Young Unionists
(PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND) - If you're a Progressive Activist seeking to make economic change, delving into the role of "derivatives" or other arcane discussions likely results in blank stares - which is why Erica Payne, who is the Founder of the Agenda Project, says Progressives need to cut through the Right-Wing noise and talk about what's really more»

Duke University Study Says Mom Says: Eat Your Veggies And Join A Union

Published on Monday, June 11, 2012 in Young Unionists
It’s a fact: If you’re a Union Member you have Better Wages, Benefits and Working Conditions - along with a Voice At Work. But a new Duke University Study suggests that Labor Unions also are good for your health! The research finds that more Unionized U.S. Workers consider themselves healthy than do their non-Union counterparts - an indication that more»

Young Unionist News From The Communications Workers of America: Next Generation Activists Storm Minneapolis & CWA Local Leaders Learn New Skills At The Minority Leadership Institute

Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 in Young Unionists
Next Generation Activists Storm Minneapolis Nearly 50 Young Workers taped dollar bills over their mouths, marched into a Wells Fargo Lobby and laid down in front of the Bank's Trademark Stagecoach in protest. The die-in was part of CWA's Next Generation Conference in Minneapolis, where activists attended a four-day Training Session on Organizing and more»

The Next Time Someone Asks What President Obama’s Done For Our Country Give Them A Copy Of This! – The Top 50 Things Accomplished By President Obama

Published on Thursday, May 10, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: The following was forwarded to Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper by Niagara County Labor Activist and Retired Communications Workers of America (CWA) Member Earl Frampton, who says: “The next time someone asks what Pres. Obama has done for our Country give them a copy of this!” This original Top 50 Things more»

Young Worker News From The National AFL-CIO News Now Blog: Check Out Your Health Care Options And Pass It On & Young Workers Struggle to Find Jobs, Pay Student Debt

Published on Monday, May 7, 2012 in Young Unionists
Passing along this message from Adrienne Sheares, Social Media Fellow at Young Invincibles, an organization that’s dedicated to ensuring Young People have a voice in Health Care Issues: As you may know, it’s almost graduation time! On May 1st, we re-launched an updated version of our Health Care Tool Kit in anticipation of all the new graduates more»

In A Victory For Social Justice, African-American Car Drivers From Town Car International In Long Island City Vote Overwhelmingly For Unionization With The International Association of Machinists

Published on Friday, May 4, 2012 in Young Unionists
(LONG ISLAND CITY, NEW YORK) - More than 235 mostly Immigrant African-American Car Drivers from Town Car International, which is located in Long Island City, New York, have voted by a 2-to-1 margin to be represented by District 15 of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) in their National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Election that was recently more»

Actress Susan Sarandon: “I’ve Always Known that Unions Made America”

Published on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in Young Unionists
(NEW YORK) - “That was the turning point for a lot of actors," Actor Susan Sarandon told National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka about the National Commercial Actors Strike 12 years ago. "It wasn’t until we felt threatened that we realized the importance of our Union.” In a casual moment in a midtown Manhattan hotel, Sarandon - a long-time member more»

New Organized Labor Mentoring Guide Helps Build Future Union Leaders

Published on Sunday, April 22, 2012 in Young Unionists
The Next Generation: A Handbook for Mentoring Future Union Leaders, just released by the Berger-Marks Foundation and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), provides hands-on advice and concrete tools for Unions and other organizations to develop and implement Mentoring Programs for Members and Staff. IWPR Study Director Cynthia Hess, Ph.D., more»

Young Workers Charged Up At Voto Latino Summit

Published on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in Young Unionists
Several hundred young people from California, Florida, Arizona and Texas recently took part in the Voto Latino Power Summit that was held in Los Angeles, joining local community leaders in a two-day event to empower young Latinos to create positive change in their communities. The National AFL-CIO was a major sponsor of the summit. Maria Elena Durazo, who more»

Union-Represented Hostess Brands’ Employees Threaten To Strike After Company Makes ‘Final Offer’ On A Number Of Cost-Cutting Measures/Hostess Claims If Workers Don’t Agree To Pension & Work Rule Changes, Company Will Head To Bankruptcy Court

Published on Monday, April 16, 2012 in Young Unionists
(DALLAS) — Hostess Brands Inc. – which produces Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Ding Dongs – announced over the weekend that it has made a final offer to its Union-Represented Workers, who now must decide on whether or not to accept a number of cost-cutting measures before the Company asks a Bankruptcy Court to impose the cuts. Hostess wants the Teamsters more»

Labor Perspective From Non-Union Worker Jeff Abbott In Niagara County: I Encourage All Who Are Members Of Organized Labor To Get Involved, Be Educated, Stay Educated, Organize Workers And - For Your Own Sake - Promote Solidarity

Published on Sunday, April 8, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: Jeff Abbott (pictured above) has been a Professional Paramedic since 2000. At one time, he served as Vice President of the International Association of EMTs & Paramedics (IAEP) Local 394/Twin City Ambulance in Tonawanda and was responsible for negotiating the Union’s initial contract with management. He later was more»

Celebrations Held Across The U.S. Honor The 85th Birthday César Chávez, Founder Of The United Farm Workers Union & Champion Of Immigrant Workers’ Rights

Published on Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Young Unionists
Celebrations around the Country are honoring the 85th birthday of César Chávez, founder of the United Farm Workers Union and champion of the rights of Immigrant Workers. But at Pomona College in California, the events took on special significance as Campus Workers also rallied for their co-Workers who were fired during efforts to form a Union. In more»

Remembering The 101st Anniversary Of The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Published on Friday, March 23, 2012 in Young Unionists
Sunday, March 25th is the 101st anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire (pictured above) in New York City, which killed 146 Workers - mostly young immigrant women. Many of them jumped to their deaths from the 10-story factory to escape the fire because they were locked inside. While the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire is a prominent part of Labor History, more»

Actor Mark Wahlberg And The A&E Cable TV Network Are Producing A Union Reality Show In Boston That Features The Teamsters

Published on Monday, March 12, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: The following Labor News Report was recently published on The story can be accessed directly at: Reality Television’s always a risky proposition. No matter what participants on Reality Shows more»

Fired Up Young Workers ‘Organize Our Future’ In Boston

Published on Sunday, March 4, 2012 in Young Unionists
(BOSTON) - Some 85 Union Members, Community Activists and Students age 35 and younger recently took part in the 2nd Annual Organizing Our Future Conference that was hosted by the Greater Boston Labor Council Futures Committee at the Boston Teachers Union Hall. The goal of the conference was to empower, educate and connect young Union Members around more»

Young Unionist Report: College Student At Murray State University In Kentucky, The Son Of A United Steelworkers Member, Brings Labor Education to Campus

Published on Monday, February 27, 2012 in Young Unionists
Devin Griggs wishes Murray State University had a Labor Studies Program. “A lot of college kids don’t know much about Unions,” said Griggs, a 20-year-old Junior at Kentucky’s westernmost public university. This son of a United Steelworkers (USW) Member - Cliff Griggs from USW Local 9447-5 - is leading a campus campaign to educate students about more»

A ‘Working Man’s Perspective’ From Communications Workers Of America Local 1102 Business Agent Steve Lawton On Staten Island: What The Last Year Has Taught Organized Labor

Published on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper met Steve Lawton (pictured above), who is a Business Agent for CWA (Communications Workers of America) Local 1102 on Staten Island, through the Social Network Facebook. Over the course of time, has kept an eye on Lawton’s posted FB comments involving the Labor more»

Interesting Labor Point Of View From Democrats Fiddle As Republicans Work Hard To Kill Off Unions

Published on Thursday, February 16, 2012 in Young Unionists
Making sure the Labor Movement never regains real power in America, Republicans in Congress and the States are doing everything possible to prevent Unions from Organizing, Bargaining and Collecting Dues. Republican Governors are making undermining Government Worker Unions their top priority. So even if Conservatives hold Statehouse Majorities for only a more»

First Of Four Regional Good Jobs/Green Jobs Conferences Opens In March In Atlanta

Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 in Young Unionists
(ATLANTA) - The first of four regional Good Jobs/Green Jobs Conferences sponsored by the Blue Green Alliance opens in Atlanta on February 23rd through the 24th. The Good Jobs/Green Jobs Conferences will look at how our Nation can create good-paying Union Jobs and economic opportunities for Workers, as well as to how to resist the growing attacks on our more»

Did You Hear This One About What Republicans Were Trying To Do To Workers In New Hampshire? The GOP Actually Proposed A Bill That Would Eliminate Workers’ Lunch Breaks!

Published on Friday, February 10, 2012 in Young Unionists
New Hampshire’s GOP Legislature has come up with all manner of absurd bills recently, including a proposal making Public School Curriculum optional, another to prevent Police from protecting Domestic Abuse Victims - and even a measure mandating that new laws be based on the Magna Carta. Now some of the Granite State’s GOP Lawmakers have even proposed more»

A Reminder From The New York State United Teachers Union: Know The Pitfalls Of Facebook & Other Social Media As It’s Become Common For Public Employers To Use Information Found On Their Employees' Social Media Pages As Bases For Discipline

Published on Monday, January 30, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: The following column was authored by Matthew Bergeron, Associate Counsel, and Laura Hallar, Legal Fellow, with the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). It can be directly accessed at: Facebook and other forms of Social Media have become more»

Next Up Young Worker Council Need Your In-Put!

Published on Sunday, January 22, 2012 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: Kurston Cook, who serves as a Young Worker Coordinator with the National AFL-CIO, sent along this report to the National AFL-CIO News Now Blog: This week, 20 Members of the National AFL-CIO Young Worker Advisory Council will meet in Washington, D.C. to finalize the 2012 Work Plan for the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Worker more» Labor Perspective: Organized Labor Needs To Offer Political 101 Conference For Local Union Members Interested In Running For Elected Office/It’s Time For Labor To Take A Hard Look At Cultivating Its Own Candidates From Within

Published on Monday, January 16, 2012 in Young Unionists
After covering the Fall Election and now watching what can only be described as a Political Circus when it comes to the 2012 Presidential Election - with a line-up of out-of-touch millionaires on the Republican side trying to convince all Americans that each is indeed the right candidate to unseat incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama in November - I more»

There Are 5,000 Janitors In The U.S. With PhDs And There Are 18,000 Parking Lot Attendants Across The Country That Have College Degrees/In All, Some 17 Million College-Educated Americans Have Jobs That Don't Require Their Level Of Education.

Published on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 in Young Unionists
Unbelievably, there are 18,000 Parking Lot Attendants in the U.S. with College Degrees. There are also 5,000 janitors in the U.S. with PhDs. In all, some 17 million College-Educated Americans have jobs that don't require their level of education. Why? The depressing data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics - information that has some in the know more»

Beware Workers: Here’s What You Can & Cannot Do On The Social Network Facebook

Published on Friday, December 2, 2011 in Young Unionists
Companies are facing a growing number of Civil Charges over disciplinary actions spurred by on-line comments from Employees, who are using the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to try to win back their jobs or get settlements. The 1935 Labor Law, also known as the Wagner Act, is enforced by the Federal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The more»