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The Next Generation: Young Workers Building Movements
December 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Despite the recent weakness of the U.S. labor movement, young workers are invigorating unions and other working-class organizations throughout the country, showing the promise of a new broad-based progressive movement. Social media-driven movements like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter, along with the emergence of left political organizations and young candidates for local and national office, have also played an important role in sparking new organizing among younger workers. At the same time, student debt is skyrocketing, permanent full-time jobs are harder to find, unemployment and underemployment are prevalent among low-income young people and communities of color, and increases in housing/living costs far surpass increases in real wages for many young workers.
How are young adults building the labor movement in the face of worsening conditions? How are young workers in other movements influencing the political landscape? Are there fundamental differences in young workers’ outlook or analysis compared to previous generations? What are the primary challenges and obstacles they face given the changing economy and its more precarious job opportunities? What are the most exciting opportunities and partnerships that are being developed by young workers?
Join us on December 6th to learn from a panel of veteran and young organizers that are helping to build a labor movement led by the next generation. Q&A to follow panel discussion. Light refreshments will be served.
Kim Kelly, Labor Reporter, Teen Vogue
Arsenia Reilly-Collins, Director of Contract Campaigns, Writers Guild of America-East; Adjunct Professor, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
Jedidiah Labinjo, Organizer, Retail Action Project
Moderated by: Diana Robinson, Union Semester Coordinator, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
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