Young Workers Campaign
LCLAA seeks to empower young Latino workers by contributing to the leadership development of young representatives through education and by giving them the tools to access professional opportunities so that young Latino workers can voice the opinions of their age demographic. Latinos aged 16-24 had the second highest unemployment rate in July 2007-2010. Part of this high unemployment rate is due to discrimination, lack of job training, and a lack of opportunity as well as a myriad of other factors. The Latino labor movement relies on young union members to develop into influential and efficient labor leaders so that the movement can continue to succeed and advance.
Youth workers are people who are employed and are below the age of 35. As of 2011, there were about 38 million youths aged 16 to 24 who were in the work force in the United States. Of that 38 million, about 17 million are youths aged 16 to 19. These individuals typically work during the months of April to August (July being the peak of the year for youth workers) since this is when an influx of recent college graduates join the work force and younger students are out of school and can take on summer jobs. About 46.4% of Latino youth aged 16 to 24 are not participating in the work force as of July, 2011.
Join LCLAA in the fight to empower young Latinos in the workforce and thereby provide a stronger base for the future of the Latino community.Latinos are the youngest and largest minority, but they are underrepresented in the work force. According to the AFL-CIO report released on September 1, 2009, the number of young workers has declined in the last ten years. The same report also states that young workers, when compared to workers over 35 years of age, are found to be less likely to be employed, carry sufficient health insurance, and have an effective retirement savings. Furthermore, Latino workers are less likely to be in the highest paying job categories within management and professional positions than their White and Asian counterparts. By becoming a member of LCLAA, you can gain access to career enhancing prospects and education to advance the young Latino workforce. Join today!