The official blog of Monroe County CSEA Employee's Unit 7400
Monday, March 3, 2014
Why Unions Matter
Millions of unemployed and underemployed college graduates are learning the hard truth that a degreeUnion Privilege, in The Huffington Post.
does not guarantee a job. “Coupled with the extraordinary spike in college tuition, the flagging economy that welcomed Millennials into the workforce means that not only are our young people graduating with far fewer opportunities for high-paying jobs, but they are coming out of college with mountains of debt,” writes Leslie Tolf, president of
“While the value of education for the sake of learning should never be under-estimated,” she writes, “the reality is that education simply isn't the answer to shared prosperity that many once thought it was.”
That’s why it’s important that young people understand the value unions have had in building our nation and still have today.
The beauty of the labor movement, Tolf says, “is that a decent standard of living, with the right mix of tenacity and challenge to the status quo that characterizes Millennials, can benefit their families, communities and employers as well—and at a time when the labor movement needs it most.”