EARNCon 2022

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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.

Registration

This year, registration for the full three-day conference is $450 per person. Your conference ticket includes meals on all three days of the conference except dinner on Thursday night. If you do not wish to attend the full conference, you may register for individual days at $175 per person per day.

Early bird registration, which provides a 10% discount on all ticket types, is available until June 30. Registrations made after September 1 will incur an additional 10% late fee.

EARN member groups and project partners in the EARN in the South and EARN in the Midwest initiatives will receive additional information separately about registration and tickets. If you have not received this information or have any questions, please contact Lea Woods at [email protected].

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Conference Details

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.

EARNCon 2022 will include:A plenary, hosted by EPI’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economyon the complex history of race and racism in the labor movement, recent grassroots organizing efforts led by Black workers, and the important role unions can play in combatting workplace discrimination.Workshops on:

  • Reproductive rights, economic justice, and racial justice – Experts and advocates will discuss how income security and worker justice are deeply connected in the fight for abortion access, and exploring how economic justice advocates have fought against attacks on reproductive rights in the states.
  • The care economy – A session on what states can do to build care infrastructure, including a discussion of the equitable implementation of remaining relief dollars, narrative change to position childcare and elder care as public goods, and long-term base-building with a growing care movement centering racial and gender justice.
  • Unemployment insurance (UI) reform – A discussion of what lessons can we draw from pandemic UI programs, why UI reform is vital for racial and gender equity, and what EARN groups and allies can do to promote reform that centers racial equity at the state level, while also mitigating harms and threats to unemployment insurance.
  • Gig workers, misclassification, and platform workers’ rights – What are the strategies (e.g., targeted enforcement of existing laws and policy campaigns to raise labor standards) that would make employee status more meaningful? How have gig workers have organized and what needs to happen to make platform work a decent job?
  • Good jobs, green jobs, climate justice, and environmental justice – How can we leverage the need to transition away from fossil fuels to build a more equitable economy? What are states doing to combat climate change and clean up environmental damage, while creating good-paying, union jobs?
  • Organizing in right-to-work states and at-will states – Local, state, and federal governments are not adequately addressing the needs of working people and there is a clear need for long-term power building. This session will introduce strategies for doing long-term work in hostile political environments.
  • Barriers to employment, the criminal legal system, and bail reform – EARN groups will talk about their collective work on reforms to the criminal legal system. They will share their work focused on a range of specific issues including criminal fines and fees, occupational licensing, American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, expungement, and cash bail.
  • Narrative strategy – This session will explore the use of the Race Class Narrative in different state-level campaigns, describe key lessons from ongoing messaging research, and teach participants how to develop an effective narrative strategy in their locality to push for pro-worker policies.

Location and Accommodations

The conference will be held at the Westin Cleveland Downtown Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Cleveland. EARN has negotiated a discounted room rate of $199 per night for conference attendees who book their hotel rooms by Thursday, September 1, 2022. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that the discounted room rate will be available after that date. Please book your rooms early!

Hotel reservations

Please note your hotel room is not automatically booked when you register for EARNCon. You must book your hotel room(s) by 5:00 pm ET on September 1 to receive the discounted room rate in the EARN block.

After registering for the conference, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to book your hotel room(s) online. You may also use the button below to reserve a room.

You will want to reserve your hotel room right away as reservations at the conference hotel can fill up quickly and we cannot guarantee a hotel room for every conference registrant.

If for any reason you have trouble booking your room, please call the Westin Cleveland Downtown directly at (216) 771-7700 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm CST and mention that you are booking as part of the EARN Conference.

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COVID Safety and Protocols

Please note that all attendees will be required to submit proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test, and daily symptom checks in order to participate in EARNCon. We will be reaching out to receive proof of vaccination prior to the conference in September. Attendees will be required to show a negative COVID test while signing in at EARNCon and masking in closed spaces will be mandatory.