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AFL-CIO’s Shuler Says for Young Workers
Unions Are Bulwark in Hard Economic Times

Jan. 5, 2010, 5:00 AM

ATLANTA—The difficult job situation currently facing younger workers creates an opportunity for labor unions to find ways to boost employment, the AFL-CIO’s new secretary-treasurer said Jan. 4.

“These are the moments the union movement is made for,” Liz Shuler told the audience at the AFL-CIO breakfast at the annual meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. “[T]oday’s young workers are blocked by the jobless economy.”

Shuler, who was elected to the post in October (178 DLR C-1, 9/17/09), said younger workers are the “first generation in recent history likely to be worse off than their parents.” She ...