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

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.

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 

EARNConversations 2021

EARNCon 2021 will be virtual again this year from September 27 to October 1, 2021! Learn more by visiting our EARNCon page and register by following this link.