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EARNCon Session: Worker rights in the gig economy: State policy battles and organizing breakthroughs

September 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Confirmed Speakers (More to Come!)

  • Maya Pinto, National Employment Law Project (NELP)
  • Jennifer Sherer, Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
  • Chrissy Lynch, Massachusetts AFL-CIO
  • Cherri Murphy, Gig Workers Rising
  • Jennifer Sherer, Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
  • Lori Simmons, Chicago Rideshare Advocates


Session Description

This session will provide an overview of how app-based companies’ well-funded attempts to erode state and local employment and labor laws pose threats to basic worker rights across the country. It will lift up examples of how workers and allies are organizing to build new organizations with the power to protect or expand labor and employment rights. It will also acknowledge the challenge of state and local political fights characterized by huge imbalances of power and corporate efforts to divide allies against one another and/or to use cynical appeals to shared values such as diversity, flexibility, or benefits access (while eroding rights and creating second-class status for precarious low-wage workers who are disproportionately Black, Brown, and/or immigrants). Finally, it will present case studies of local policy options developed and implemented by and with organizing workers.


September 29, 2022
10:00 am - 11:15 am
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Economic Analysis & Research Network (EARN) at Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
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The Westin Cleveland Downtown
777 Saint Clair Avenue Northeast
Cleveland, OH 44114 United States
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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

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