Next Generation Union: 8 Convention Quotes That’ll Make You Say “Hmmm.”


LAS VEGAS – A thin, pretty young woman from Canada  with punky brown hair and a pierced lip speaks on the necessity for young workers to take charge. Jean Broughton, associated staffer at the Canadian Media Guild, speaks with a light Canadian accent on the urgency of preparing the next generation of union workers.

  • “I think that it’s absolutely critical for young workers to claim the union as their own. The union has, or it should have, a place for people to come together and empower themselves and learn about their rights.”
  • “I’m a very big advocate for the newest generation, the next generation,” Abril said. “I delegate a lot of work to the young people. And that’s what’s really important. Because a lot of people tend to babysit these new minds. And these men and women are extremely smart. They’re sharp. They’re bright. They have tons of energy. The problem is that the people that are within our rank and file right now are usually seasoned employees [that] have been there for over 25 years, so there’s this huge generation gap.”
  • “In the future what we’d like do is go to these job fairs and high schools and actually reach out to our company, AT&T, and have them supply us with tools to actually do an exhibit and bring the high schoolers in there, show them what kind of job it is, [that] this is a union job.”
  • “People really don’t understand what a union is, what it can do for you. Most of the people have never even been asked. If they’re asked to do something … then you see a spark kind of go off and then they start going ‘hey I can contribute to this.”
  • “They want to stop raises for pretty much the next 30 years till the pension is self-sustaining. And that’s going to take 25 years, which means 25 years from now someone who gets hired on from the city will be making the same money as someone that’s working for the city right now. … If I was making the same wages as someone who did my job 25 years ago, I wouldn’t be able to live on that right now.”
  • “We have multiple people from San Jose State, San Jose City College who are really active in our group. They show up to almost all of the rallies. They bring drums, people. We’re not fighting for just labor. We’re fighting for the rights of young workers, and the future of young workers and social justice, economic justice.”
  • “The economy is supposed to function like an escalator. You step on to the escalator and you step into a labor market and you go another level. There are people above you on the steps and when the escalator moves, the people in the higher positions step off the escalator and they retire. People in the middle move up. They take over those positions. And eventually they retire. You move up and you get to your final destination.”
  • “As companies downsize, people at the top and the middle got pushed down [and started] taking entry level jobs away from youth.”

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Posted on July 17, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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