The AFL-CIO Next Up Young Worker Program is a place for young people and their unions, progressive allies, students and community groups to join together and work toward social and economic justice.
Young worker groups all over the country focus on everything from organizing to policy to politics to change the rules and fight for a better future for all working people.
Next Up Mission
Our mission is to empower the next generation of labor leaders to challenge, inspire, build and organize around issues that directly affect young working people like student loans and good-paying jobs.
The AFL-CIO’s Young Worker Advisory Council advises and helps implement the AFL-CIO’s Next Up Young Worker Program. Council members are voices for economic and social justice in their communities and their unions, and they are charged with engaging young working people in the labor movement.
They mentor, train and develop young worker group leaders and represent the AFL-CIO Next Up program across the country.
Why You Should Join a Young Worker Group Today
If you are a leader in your local union or want to learn more about being one, or if you have an organizer and activist spirit and want to be at the center of movements for change, Next Up Young Worker groups are a place to meet like-minded friends.
Check out the existing young worker groups in the states in the section below.
If you want to start your own Young Worker group, fill out the form below to start the process. Someone will be in touch with you to walk you through the process.
On behalf of the hundreds of workers who are part of the growing committee challenging Nissan’s attack on civil rights, I want to say THANK YOU! The support of young workers and students across the United States is what sustains us in our struggle for civil and labor rights at Nissan in Mississippi.”
Young Worker Groups
Young Workers of Alabama
Contact: Suzanne McBride
Contact: Kim Hays
Arkansas Young Workers
Contact: Jessica Akers
Next Generation Sacramento
Contact: Horacio Viveros
Orange County Young Workers
Contact: Julio Perez
District of Columbia
D.C. Young Trade Unionists
Contact: Jorae Williams
Florida Young Workers (Statewide)
Contact: David Fernandez
North Florida Young Workers
Contact: Mike Stovall
Northwest Florida Young Workers
Contact: Danielle Thomas
Orlando Young Workers
Contact: Cristal Cruz
Palm Beach—Treasure Coast Young Workers
Contact: Richard Ross
South Florida Young Workers
Contact: Carlos Ramos
Southwest Florida Young Workers
Contact: Dakota Hoyle
Tampa Young Workers
Contact: Aaron Carmella
Idaho Next Up
Contact: Nathan Millward
Quad Cities Next Up
Contact: Brett Utz
North Central Indiana Young Workers
Contact: Billy McMahon
Northwest Indiana Young Workers
Contact: Jason Pedroza
Des Moines Labor Next Up
Contact: Jason Stegman
Iowa AFL-CIO Young Worker Committee
Contact: Brandon Greve
Next Up Hawkeye Area Workers Konnect (NUHAWK)
Contact: Jeff Cooling
Greater Boston Labor Council Futures Committee
Contact: Lindsay McCluskey
Detroit Young Workers
Contact: Brittany Smith
Greater Flint Young Workers
Contact: Brent Hershberger
East Metro Emerging Labor Leaders (St. Paul)
Contact: Laura Wilson
Southeast Minnesota Young Workers
Contact: Rick Pospichal
New Hampshire Young Workers
Contact: Judy Stadtman
Bergen County YES (Youth Engagement in Solidarity)
Contact: Raul Garcia
Hudson County CLC Young Workers
Contact: Victoria Fisher
Mercer County YES (Youth Engagement in Solidarity)
Contact: Michele Liebtag
New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers Advisory Committee
Contact: Adam Neuman
Passaic County YES (Youth Engagement in Solidarity)
Contact: Alicia Bruce
Central New York Young Workers
Contact: Wendy Colucci
Long Island Young Workers
Contact: Josh Margolis
New York City Young Workers
Contact: Wendell Yee
Westchester Young Workers
Contact: Jenn Puja
Western New York Next Up
Contact: Angela Blue
North Dakota Young Workers
Contact: Andrew Bushaw
Ohio Young Workers (Statewide)
Contact: Amanda Sabol
Contact: Courtney Niebel
Texas YALL (Statewide)
Contact: Carlos Villarreal
Dallas Young Worker Council
Contact: Gloria Degadillo
Contact: Mike Jackson
San Antonio Young Workers
Contact: Terri Ramos
Contact: Julie Hunter
Washington YELL (Seattle)
Contact: Shaunie Wheeler
Washington YELL (Spokane)
Contact: Amy Poston
Washington YELL (Wenatchee)
Contact: Matthew Hepner
Contact: Neil Heard
Wisconsin Young Workers
Contact: Eric Proces
Don’t see your Young Worker group listed? Contact us at [email protected].
I wanted you all to know how much this experience and each one of you in your own way changed my life. Back in August, I walked into a room feeling all alone and I was so overwhelmed. You guys literally, in less than a year, absolutely made me into the confident and comfortable leader I am today.”
Stay in Touch
Want to be the first to hear about an action? Talk to other young people in unions and the progressive movement?
Join our Next Up Action list.
You’ll get occasional email updates about what young worker groups are up to and how you can get more involved.
The Policies We Care About
Every day, thousands of eager, motivated and energetic young union activists fight to form unions, organize first-rate contracts and pass legislation to provide opportunity, equality and justice for young working people.
Working for Our Future is written by young working people for young working people and builds on that work by outlining the road map to a future that will allow younger generations to grow and thrive.
Affiliate Young Worker Programs
We’re not the only ones with young worker groups! Some of our affiliated unions also have groups specific to engaging their young union members. Check out the list below to learn more about their programs and how to get involved.
- AFGE: Y.O.U.N.G.
- AFSCME: AFSCME Next Wave
- Communications Workers of America (CWA): Next Generation
- Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE): IATSE Young Workers Committee
- Electrical Workers (IBEW): RENEW
- Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU): Rising Stars
- United Steelworkers (USW): Next Generation
- National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM): Young Federal Leaders
- Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT): Young Lions
- Machinists (IAM): Young Machinists
- Utility Workers (UWUA): Young Worker Initiative Committee
- Transport Workers (TWU): Young Workers Committee