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Erin Young / 2010 Top 40 Under 40

Age 37 Place of Birth Perth Amboy, New Jersey Where you live Flourtown, PA First Job Union Organizer, United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1776. What it taught me My work as a union organizer provided me with a deeper appreciation and understanding of the contributions made by the working families in this country. Labor leaders through out history have led the way for many important victories for millions of workers, particularly Irish Americans. The contributions continue, and I want to be a part of the work that makes a difference. Status Single Family Jack, my six-year-old son. Three things people would be surprised to know about me 1. Hosted two Presidents of Ireland in Philadelphia and never been to Ireland. 2. Walked my first picket line at six years old. 3. First female and youngest Political Director for the Philadelphia AFL-CIO. Best advice you could give someone starting out The Good Lord gave you two ears and one mouth, for a reason: listen!

Erin Young is the Political Director of Workers United, Philadelphia Joint Board. She is responsible for making sure that the union's nearly 9,000 members are heard effectively at the Ballot box. In her position as Poltical Director, Young is also responsible for goverment relations on the local, state and federal level for the union. Young has stayed true to her Irish roots, traced back to County Cork, by being a founding member of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and serving as an aide to the Deputy Grand Marshal of the Newark St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee in 2003. Born in New Jersey, Erin is the daughter of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO's First Female Secretary-Treasurer, Laurel Brennan. She resides in Flourtown, Pennsylvania and is the proud mother of six year old Jack Young.

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