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EARNCon Session: Prioritizing equity, job quality, and climate goals in state and local uses of federal infrastructure funds

September 30, 2022 @ 8:15 am - 9:30 am


  • Chandra Childers (Moderator), Economic Policy Institute
  • Leland Bass, Columbus Urban League/Columbus Building Futures
  • Ian Elder, Jobs to Move America
  • Joe Snyder, Communications Workers of America
  • JB Tengco, BlueGreen Alliance


Session Description

Federal funds now flowing to state and local governments for infrastructure projects provide historic opportunities to create good union jobs, strengthen labor standards, and increase equity in apprenticeship training and job access for women and workers of color. But these outcomes aren’t automatic, and important policy choices lie ahead.

This session will explore state and local opportunities to help ensure that federally funded projects benefit workers and their communities, deliver on equity, job quality, and climate goals, and build worker power. Successfully leveraging infrastructure funding available in coming years will require high levels of engagement and collaboration among on-the-ground partners as well as familiarity with federal agency funding mechanisms, processes for drawing down funds, and how federal funds flow through states, local governments, or other entities.


September 30, 2022
8:15 am - 9:30 am
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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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