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Young Workers

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.

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Congratulations to the new Young Worker Advisory Council Regional Representatives. These leaders work directly with young worker groups across the country to support thousands of eager, motivated and energetic young union activists that are fighting to to form unions, organize first-rate contracts and pass legislation to provide opportunity, equality, and justice for young working people.

Want to get involved? Reach out to your YWAC representative and we’ll get you involved with other young union activists in your area and across the country as we fight to rewrite the rules of the economy.

  • Northeast (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, VT, WV) — Melissa “MelRob" Robinette, Actors' Equity Association, New York City, NY
  • Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, NV, TX, UT) — Steven McNulty, CWA Local 6132, Austin, Texas
  • Northwest (AK, CA, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY) — Chelsea Nelson, IBEW Local 46, Seattle, WA
  • Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SF, WI) — Justin Willis, USW Local 7-507, Bridgeview, Illinois
  • South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, VA) — Tony Barlow, CWA Local 3204, Atlanta, Georgia
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