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District Introductory Letter
Posted On: Apr 02, 2013

What is Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE?

Y.O.U.N.G. (Young Organizing Unionists for the Next Generation) AFGE is a new program geared toward recruiting and encouraging workers under 40 to become active within the union and labor movement. By collaborating with seasoned AFGE members over the age of 40, Y.O.U.N.G. will engage the next generation of union leadership through education, organizing, and mentoring.

When was Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE created?

Below is a timeline documenting the formation of Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE:

  • August 2009: AFGE forms a Y.O.U.N.G. Task Force of members and staff under 40 to brainstorm how AFGE can attract young workers

  • September/October 2011: AFGE members attend the AFL-CIO’s 2nd annual Next Up Young Workers Summit in Minneapolis, MN. This four-day conference gave AFGE members an opportunity to strategize with young workers across the country on ways to recruit and retain youth membership

  • February 2012: Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE holds its first political meeting/training in conjunction with the 2012 AFGE Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

  • August 2012: Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE holds its inaugural training summit in conjunction with AFGE’s 39th National Convention in Las Vegas, NV; the AFGE Convention passes a resolution to support forming Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE committees and to fund the national Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE program

  • Fall 2012: A national Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE Committee is formed with at least one Y.O.U.N.G. representative from each district

  • February 2013: Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE holds its 2nd annual political meeting/training, and the national Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE Committee has its first meeting in conjunction with AFGE’s 2013 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Why should I get involved with Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE?

If your primary method of supporting AFGE has been through dues and you’ve wanted to become more active but weren’t sure where to begin, Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE is a great start! This is a grassroots effort that needs and wants your ideas on how to mobilize our members. Approximately 70% of our members are 40+, and 63% of THOSE members are over the age of 50 and will be eligible to retire within the next 10 years. AFGE and the labor movement cannot afford to lose the knowledge that veteran activists have to impart to younger members prepared to lead future generations.

How can I get involved with Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE?

Contact Amanda Schroeder at amandaschroeder.nwacd11@yahoo.com  for more information on what’s happening in District 11 and how you can get involved. I would encourage all locals within District 11 to designate a Young Representative –either by appointment or election (as prescribed by your particular Bylaws)

You can also visit the Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/YoungAfge

What’s next for Y.O.U.N.G.?

The 2nd annual Y.O.U.N.G. AFGE Training Summit will be held August 17, 2013 and August 18, 2013 at the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh. This is an excellent opportunity to network with young AFGE members within your district and nationwide. The inaugural Training Summit had over 200 attendees, and we want to see that number increase in 2013. The Training Summit offers a number of classes with valuable information that attendees can share with members in their Locals. We encourage Locals to send young workers AND mentors to the summit.

For a list of classes, prices and deadlines, visit: https://www.afge.org/index.cfm?Page=Registration&FuseAction=Info&ConferenceID=59


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