Young Worker Advisory Council

The Young Workers Advisory Council works on youth-oriented strategic initiatives and partnerships to help expand and strengthen the labor movement and build a just economy for all generations. It has a seat on the AFL-CIO General Board and advises the AFL-CIO Executive Council in the areas education, empowerment, organizing and mobilization of the next generation of union members and young workers. hey mentor, train and develop young worker group leaders and publicly represent the AFL-CIO Next Up program across the country.

YWAC Members

  • Jessica Akers, Arkansas AFL-CIO
  • Fareed Michelen, Labor Council for Community Action (LCCA)
  • Paul Kent, IATSE
  • Caniesha Washington-Seldon, Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU)
  • Melinda Barrett, AFT-American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
  • Courtney Jenkins, American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
  • Glenn Kelly, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)
  • Luis Garcia, California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • Michael Sosa, International Longshoremen's Association (ILA)
  • Rachel Bryan, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • Amy Burns, National Federation of Federal Employees (NFEE/iam)
  • Victoria Fisher, Communications Workers of America (CWA)
  • Marcos Velez, USW
  • Robert Torkelson, Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union (GMP)
  • Brianna Gregory, International Association of the Machinists (IAM)
  • Sharon Griffith, Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA)
  • Ryan Mariategue, Working America
  • Nick Apicella, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA)
  • Kevin Young, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  • Heather Laverty, Transport Workers Union of America (TWU)
  • Shannon Meissner, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
  • Britton Loftin, IUPAT
  • Rachel Kleinbaum, UNITE HERE
  • Jim Rihel, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
  • Frank Gates, UAW
  • Justin Willis, USW, representing Midwest Region
  • Melissa "MelRob" Robinette, Actors' Equity Association, representing Northeast Region
  • Chelsea Nelson, IBEW, representing Northwest Region
  • Antonio Barlow, CWA, representing Southern Region
  • Steven McNulty, CWA, representing Southwest Region