EARNConversations 2021 provided a week-long series of virtual discussions that lifted up state and local policy research from across the Network and provided EARN partners with the ideas and resources needed to better advocate for racial, gender, and economic justice.
This was a pivotal moment during which we had an opportunity to make transformative investments in our communities and reforms to the standards and supports that for too long have left many working people struggling to get by. EARNConversations brought together researchers, advocates, and grassroots organizers to strategize how states and localities can act on the lessons of the past year and use an unprecedented supply of resources to build worker power and improve the well-being of working families.
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How We Organize, How We Win: State-Level Action to Gain Labor Rights and Build Worker Power
September 29 @ 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
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.