Young Workers Less Likely to Have Health Care, Economic Security and Confidence in Future than 10 Years Ago
Young workers today are significantly less likely to have health care or economic security than they were 10 years ago, and one-third live in their parents’ home, according to a new national survey, Young Workers: A Lost Decade, released by the AFL-CIO at its annual Labor Day briefing today. Leaders of the 11.5 million-member union federation said they will make an unprecedented effort to reach out to young workers. They also described working people’s overall plans to restore balance to the economy.
“This Labor Day, working people are standing at the edge of a huge wave of change. Almost a year ago to the day, working people rallied behind an Illinois senator in Denver to nominate him for the presidency of the United States,” said AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. “And today, amidst economic distress and upheaval, union families are working to finish the job -- we’re leading a massive mobilization for health care reform and passage of the Employee Free Choice Act to create an economy that works for everyone ... more