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At EARNCon, we will convene members from our 55 EARN groups, representing 43 states and the District of Columbia, together with grassroots organizers and labor partners, for much-needed community building after two years of isolation in the pandemic and to develop a shared agenda for state and local policymaking that prioritizes the needs of workers and their families, builds power among workers and communities, and centers Black and Brown people.

We are excited to host EARNCon in Cleveland, a city that for much of its history has been synonymous with innovation and progress. It’s the city where the term “Rock and Roll” was coined, where the first electrified public square was illuminated, and the first automobile was sold. In 1967, it became the first major city in the United States to elect a Black mayor.

During EARNCon, attendees will discuss the most pressing issues confronting workers leading into 2023, ranging from wages and labor standards to climate. The conference will provide a launch point for research and policy development that centers workers, communities of color, and women and serves to advance legislation that improves labor standards and strengthens worker power. This year, we will highlight the wave of unionization and labor organizing that has spread throughout the country and discuss what it means for state and local policymaking.

The work ahead of us is ambitious as we focus on an equitable recovery for all workers and center those that have kept our economy running through a challenging pandemic. We hope you will join us and your fellow network leaders in economics, policy, labor, academia, and community organizing to develop ideas and strategies for building worker power, improving job quality, and building equitable state and local economies.

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EARNCon 2022

The Westin Cleveland Downtown 777 Saint Clair Avenue Northeast, Cleveland

During EARNCon, attendees will discuss the most pressing issues confronting workers leading into 2023, ranging from wages and labor standards to climate. The conference will provide a launch point for research and policy development that centers workers, communities of color, and women and serves to advance legislation that improves labor standards and strengthens worker power.

$450

EARNCon Session: A fairer economy: Uniting unions, advocates, policy groups, and local communities to fight for progressive policies

The Westin Cleveland Downtown 777 Saint Clair Avenue Northeast, Cleveland

In this session, panelists will highlight how to build a successful advocacy plan by forming partnerships that lead to an effective "inside" and "outside" strategy to challenge longstanding austerity approaches, expand working families' power over the state budget by enacting progressive tax reform, and to win dramatic investments in working-class communities.

EARNCon Session: Rebuilding the Public Sector: Understanding the state and local jobs shortfall and what it means for communities, public budgets, and equity

The Westin Cleveland Downtown 777 Saint Clair Avenue Northeast, Cleveland

In this session, EPI experts will lead a discussion among researchers, public sector union representatives, and EARN groups talking to lawmakers and community leaders, to figure out what is happening beneath the headline numbers; how it’s affecting public services; what lawmakers and advocates can do about it; and what it all means with the threat of recession and austerity looming.

EARNCon Session: EARN in the South Barriers to Employment Action Fair

The Westin Cleveland Downtown 777 Saint Clair Avenue Northeast, Cleveland

This session will bring together our Earn in the South partners to share their efforts and exchange strategies about how to lower barriers to employment and income raised by involvement in the criminal justice system.

Immigrant worker rights, organizing, and excluded workers

The Westin Cleveland Downtown 777 Saint Clair Avenue Northeast, Cleveland

Join this session to discuss the state-level strategies that have worked and the immigrant-led workplace organizing that is happening in states around the country.

The Economic Policy Institute would like to thank the following funders for their ongoing and generous support for the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN): 
  • Anonymous  
  • AFL-CIO
  • AFSCME 
  • American Federation of Teachers 
  • Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust 
  • Ford Foundation  
  • International Association of Machinists  
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Kresge Foundation  
  • National Association of Letter Carriers  
  • National Education Association 
  • Marguerite Casey Foundation 
  • Omidyar Network
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Service Employees International Union 
  • Surdna Foundation 
  • UNITE HERE 
  • United Auto Workers  
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters 
  • United Food and Commercial Workers 
  • United Steelworkers of America 
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation

EARNCon 2022

September 28-30

We are thrilled about the prospect of seeing you and hope you’ll join us this year in Cleveland at the Westin Cleveland Downtown from Wednesday, September 28 – Friday, September 30, 2022.