The Futures Program

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO Futures Program 

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO Futures Program brings together young members from different unions, sectors and industries to better understand the common interests of all unions, foster greater unity, and better engage young members in the work of the Labor Movement. Through our annual Futures Convention and programmatic, social, and community service events throughout the year, we hope to empower young union members to become leaders within their unions, communities, and the broader Labor Movement. Through our growing network of young union activists, we will also mobilize support when our union brothers and sisters are involved in a struggle.

For the fourth straight year, delegates to the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Futures Convention have elected a fellow delegate to serve as Futures Representative to the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Executive Council. The Futures Representative also takes a leadership role in determining the goals and agenda of the Futures Program. At the 2011 Convention, delegates selected Paul Feeney of IBEW Local 2222 as their new Representative. 

If you are interested in joining fellow young union members at an upcoming event, or would like more information about the program, email Paul at


Click the image to download the PowerPoint presentation titled, "The State of the Labor Movement" given by Elaine Bernard of Harvard Law School at the 2010 Futures Convention in Plymouth. 




Click the image to downlaod the report titled, "Young Workers: A Lost Decade" which shows the deteriorating economic security of many young workers, and why more young workers are becoming interested in unions.




Click here to read an article about the 2009 AFL-CIO Diversity Summit, at which Mass. AFL-CIO Legislative and Communications Director Tim Sullivan served as a panelist to discuss young worker outreach. 

Record numbers of young workers now have a positive view of unions. Click here to read about the study.

Click here to read the section of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Strategic Plan setting out goals for young worker outreach.

Click here to read an academic paper by Massachusetts AFL-CIO Legislative and Communications Director Tim Sullivan which proposed the establishment of a Futures Program for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.