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EARNCon Plenary: In Pursuit of Racial and Economic Justice: The Complex History of Race and Unions

September 29, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


  • Valerie Wilson (Moderator), Economic Policy Institute
  • Tarn Goelling, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • William Jones, University of Minnesota
  • Tanya Wallace-Gobern, National Black Worker Center


Session Description

The plenary will educate conference attendees about the history of Black, Latinx and AAPI workers’ involvement in labor unions and labor organizing and the important role labor unions can play in proactively advancing racial and gender equity in the labor market. The panel will also address constructive ways for the labor movement to reconcile those goals with its own complex history of racism and sexism.


September 29, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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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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