Would you like to rid yourself of the non-compete agreement that can allow your employer to prevent you from taking a new job in your field?

EARN’s innovative approach enables groups of as few as two non-supervisory employees with a “community of interest” to negotiate with their employer to eliminate their non-competes under the protection of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

California’s prohibition on non-competes has helped that state out-innovate the many states that enforce them. India prohibits non-competes, while China and most developed countries require employees to be compensated during the non-compete period.

​To Compete Better, States Are Trying to Curb Noncompete Pacts – New York Times

Why EMC Employees Are Forming a ‘Pop-Up’ Union to Take Down Noncompetes – BostInno

Eliminating Noncompetes One Employer at a Time Through Single-Issue Labor Organizing Campaigns – OnLabor blog of Harvard Law Professors Ben Sachs and Jack Goldsmith

Non-compete clauses prompt an American backlash​ – Financial Times

Laid-off with a non-compete? Bill would guarantee salary – Computerworld

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What is a non-compete?
Are non-competes really enforceable?
How can forming a pop-up employee association help me eliminate my non-compete?
How do we get started?
How can we gather signatures to trigger an election to certify a pop-up employee association?
What does EARN have in common with established labor unions?
How could work actions limited to evenings or weekends be effective?
Can my employer take or threaten adverse actions against me for organizing a pop-up association with my colleagues at work?
Bonus question: What profession is exempt from non-competes in the U.S.?

IEEE‘s Worcester (Massachusetts) Section supports EARN’s efforts to reduce the burden of non-competes on Massachusetts technology professionals. Non-compete agreements lower the Massachusetts technology workforce’s ability to respond to changing market conditions, and thereby reduce the flexibility and competitiveness of the Bay State’s economy. These agreements can have a chilling effect on individual professionals’ ability to pursue careers they have studied hard and invested to achieve. A one year non-compete is equally damaging as it makes it impossible to maintain career continuity or to pursue a bona fide offer in a similar field. We would support specific intellectual property exclusions to protect corporate trade secrets rather than blanket restrictions on responsible professionals.” – C. Vernon Gaw, Chair, Worcester County Section, IEEE

“We applaud EARN’s efforts to negotiate to eliminate the non-compete agreements in its members’ employment contracts. We’ve offered our advice to help make this new model for negotiating non-competes successful.” – Greg Junemann, President, IFPTE