EARN network members are actively engaged on a wide range of issues affecting working families in their states and communities. They provide original research, data analysis, policy recommendations and substantive advice to state and local lawmakers, coalitions, issue campaigns, and allied advocates, organizers, and grassroots engagement organizations. The network also engages in cross-state work, taking on an issue of common interest in a manner that both uplifts the issue as a national concern, while allowing for the specific recommendations and approaches to be adapted to local cultural, political, and economic conditions.
Global climate change is a potentially catastrophic problem that will disrupt people’s access to the basic elements of life–food, water, shelter, and health. Because greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are nearly always the result of economic activities, economic policy will play a key role in any effort to mitigate climate change. The size and imminence of the danger from climate change calls for using all potential levers of economic policy—at all levels of government—to reorient economic activity away from GHG emissions. This transition must be guided by principles of racial equity and economic justice that protect, support, and empower working people and highly impacted communities.
Too often, states and cities pursue economic development strategies that amount to little more than tax giveaways to big corporations. Pushing back on this flawed approach, EARN groups design and promote smart economic development policies that invest in infrastructure, in people, and in the communities where opportunity is lacking.
Ensuring that workers can band together in a union is essential to protecting working people on the job and ensuring a vibrant middle class since the protections, rights, and wages that unions secure affect both union and nonunion workers alike.
Every American who wants to work should be able to get a good paying job. EARN groups advance policies to make more good jobs available, and ensure that all people have the resources they need to obtain secure employment. The vast majority of American households’ income comes from what workers receive in their paychecks – which is why wages are so important. Unfortunately, policy decisions at the federal and state levels have left wages stagnant for most U.S. workers for decades. EARN groups advance policies that will raise wages for all workers.
Discrimination and systemic racism and sexism have caused dramatic and persistent racial and gender inequality in virtually every measure of economic well-being. Improving economic conditions for all workers requires confronting the specific harms and challenges faced by women workers and communities of color.
Serious attempts to understand the gender wage gap should examine where our economy provides unequal opportunities for women at every point of their education, training, and career choices.
EARN in the Midwest promotes racial, gender, and economic justice. We aim to advance policies that address the needs of working families and reduce the racial disparities that plague our region.
EARN in the South is a cross-state initiative to develop a pragmatic, but aspirational agenda for improving economic conditions for working families in the South.
Detailed reports by EARN groups describing the economic conditions for working families in their state.
EARN’s Worker Power Project focuses on expanding the ability of working people to achieve racial, gender, and economic justice through organizing, collective bargaining, and state and local policy change. Confronting entrenched power imbalances and decades of active suppression of workers’ rights, the Worker Power Project works with EARN groups and partners to ensure all workers—including those long excluded from state or federal legal protections—can freely exercise the right to join together in a union and gain a voice on the job.
Other issues important to EARN
- Budges and Taxes
- Care Economy
- Criminal Legal System
- Economic Development
- Federal funds for state and local governments
- Income Inequality
- Job Training & Apprenticeships
- Minimum Wage
- Paid Sick, Family, and Medical Leave
- Public Services and Employment
- So-Called "Right-to-Work"
- Unemployment Insurance
- Wage Theft
- Worker Hours and Fair Scheduling
- Worker Misclassification