We are excited to bring the network together in Cleveland, Ohio for our first in-person EARNCon in three years! We hope you’ll join us this year in Cleveland at the Westin Cleveland Downtown from Wednesday, September 28 – Friday, September 30, 2022.

EARNCon is the network’s premier opportunity to strategize together, build relationships, and collectively shape a worker-centered state and local research and policy agenda for 2023 and beyond—highlighting campaign approaches and policy solutions for achieving racial, economic, and gender justice while also strengthening our community of researchers, policy analysts, labor partners, and grassroots organizers.

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How We Organize, How We Win: State-Level Action to Gain Labor Rights and Build Worker Power 

September 29, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm



  • Jennifer Sherer (Moderator), Senior State Policy Coordinator for EARN Worker Power Project, Economic Policy Institute
  • Valerie Collins, Attorney, Towards Justice
  • April Sims, Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Ed Muir, Deputy Director Research & Strategic Initiatives, American Federation of Teachers

Session Description

Working people have opportunities at the state and local level to promote their interests and make progress toward racial, gender, and economic justice through organizing and collective bargaining. This session will showcase EARN’s new Worker Power Project to the Network and offer a comparative look at how collective bargaining campaigns across several different states and sectors have made led to improved policy and standards for workers. Participants will come away with a shared understanding of how labor policy gains can improve the wellbeing of workers of color and women and what current opportunities for advancing labor policy exist at the state level in specific sectors.


September 29, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Economic Analysis & Research Network (EARN) at Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
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): 
American Federation of Teachers 
Bauman Foundation 
Bernard and Anne Spitzer Trust 
Ford Foundation  
International Association of Machinists  
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Kresge Foundation  
National Association of Letter Carriers  
National Education Association 
National Infrastructure Alliance 
Marguerite Casey Foundation 
Omidyar Network
Robert Wood Johnson 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.