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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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Welcome to EARNConversations: Transformative Investments in Workers, Communities, and Job Quality

September 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Speakers

  • Naomi Walker (Moderator), Director of EARN, Economic Policy Institute
  • Melissa Boteach, Vice President for Income Security and Child Care/Early Learning, National Women’s Law Center
  • Kitty Richards, Director of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, U.S. Treasury Office of Recovery Program
  • Branden Snyder, Executive Director, Detroit Action
  • Amy Sugimori, Director of Policy and Legislation, 32BJ SEIU

 

Session Description

In this session, speakers will reflect on critical learnings from the pandemic and discuss how they should be used to shape future policy. We will discuss ways state and local governments can make transformative investments in public infrastructure, high-quality jobs, public health systems, and worker supports using unprecedented levels of Federal support. Speakers will address how state and local recovery fund impact advocates and organizers, how resources can be leveraged to improve wages and working conditions, the need for investments in human capital, and strategies to engage in the political process to use federal funds.

Details

Date:
September 27, 2021
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Website:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opening-plenary-tickets-165898020445

Organizer

Economic Analysis & Research Network (EARN) at Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
Website:
https://earn.us/
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  
  • AFL-CIO
  • AFSCME 
  • 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 
  • UNITE HERE 
  • 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.