44 young UNITE HERE leaders joined more than 800 attendees from all over the labor movement for the AFL-CIO’s "Next Up" Youth Summit, held in Minneapolis from Sept. 29 to October 2. Members, students, volunteers and organizers from UNITE HERE, the Organizing Beyond Barriers program and 19 different UNITE HERE local unions participated and shared their stories from work in ongoing campaigns across the union.
During the conference, participants took part in support actions for Verizon workers, and Minneapolis transit workers represented by the Amalgamted Transit Union; signed petitions to support postal workers, and circulated support items for Hyatt and LSG Sky Chefs workers.
The conference also included speeches by U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Schuler. During the conference workshops, members of UNITE HERE shared positive stories of new organizing victories and our union’s ongoing campaigns.