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

September 29 @ 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
10:00 am - 11:15 am
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Economic Analysis & Research Network (EARN) at Economic Policy Institute (EPI)


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

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.