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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 Session: Joining the fight for economic justice, racial justice, and abortion access

September 29 @ 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Staci Fox, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
  • Andrea Johnson, National Women’s Law Center
  • Sean O’Leary, West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy
  • Beulah Osueke, New Voices for Reproductive Justice (OH and PA)
  • Kyra Roby, One Voice Mississippi
Session Description
The Supreme Court’s decision to abolish the constitutional right to abortion will have an enormous impact on economic security, job security, workforce participation, and educational attainment—especially for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. It has never been more important for the economic justice and reproductive rights and justice movements to make connections between our work and show up in solidarity. But what does that look like for EARN groups and partners navigating different political landscapes? This session will explore the ways in which income security, worker justice, child care, and other economic justice issues EARN groups work on are deeply intertwined with the fight for abortion access, particularly for Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, and how economic justice advocates, working in partnership with the reproductive rights and justice groups, have been and can be crucial to fighting for abortion access at the state and local level. Panelists will share examples of research, policies, racial justice-focused and values-based messaging they’ve leveraged, and audience members will discuss questions and barriers they are encountering as they seek to engage in this crucial fight.


September 29
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Westin Cleveland Downtown
777 Saint Clair Avenue Northeast
Cleveland, OH 44114 United States
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  
  • 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 
  • 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.