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.
EARNCon Session: Creating a Care Economy: Advancing Racial and Gender Justice by Building a Care Infrastructure in the States
September 30 @ 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Kyra Miller (Moderator), National Women’s Law Center
Victor Sanchez, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Tiffany Ferrette, Center for Law and Social Policy
Erika Washington, Make It Work Nevada
This session will focus on what states can do to build a better care system, inclusive of child care, paid leave, and long-term care provisions including nursing facilities home and community-based services. Panelists will discuss equitable implementation of remaining relief dollars, state best practices on CCDBG and other care investments, campaign to improve care provisioning and working conditions in nursing facilities in Los Angeles County, narrative change work to position child care and home and community-based services as public goods, and long-term base-building work with a growing care movement centering racial and gender justice.