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Kenneth Quinnell

I am a long-time blogger, campaign staffer and political activist.  Before joining the AFL-CIO in 2012, I worked as labor reporter for the blog Crooks and Liars.  Previous experience includes Communications Director for the Darcy Burner for Congress Campaign and New Media Director for the Kendrick Meek for Senate Campaign, founding and serving as the primary author for the influential state blog Florida Progressive Coalition and more than 10 years as a college instructor teaching political science and American History.  My writings have also appeared on Daily Kos, Alternet, the Guardian Online, Media Matters for America, Think Progress, Campaign for America's Future and elsewhere.  I am the proud father of three future progressive activists, an accomplished rapper and karaoke enthusiast.

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How to Find Union-Made Tires

How to Find Union-Made Tires

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has made it very easy to find union-made tires by requiring that each tire carry a code that shows the company and the location of the plant that manufactured the tire. DOT requires that each tire sold in the United States carry a code that looks something like this: DOT BE XX XXX XXX. The two letters or numbers that follow the DOT identify a particular factory as listed below.

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More Equal: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Michael Fleshman on Flickr

In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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July 4 Made-in-America BBQ Shopping List

July 4 Made-in-America BBQ Shopping List

This week, in the lead-up to the nation's birthday on July 4, we'll be spotlighting union-made products. Stay tuned for a new list each day.

Many of us will celebrate Independence Day with a barbecue. We can keep the red, white and blue in the holiday with this made-in-America, union label backyard barbecue checklist, compiled from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), the LA Labor 411's websiteUnion Plus and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

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LGBT Pride Month: Tamara's Tale

The latest video from AFGE tells the story of member Tamara Lusardi, a transgender woman who served her country in the military and in the defense industry and not only fought back against workplace discrimination, she won. Watch the video to hear Tamara's story.

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America's Unions Applaud Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality

America's Unions Applaud Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality

In the wake of today's historic Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, organizations representing working families applauded the ruling. Here are the statements and tweets released on Friday.

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Working Families Demand Restoration of Voting Rights Act

Working Families Demand Restoration of Voting Rights Act

In Roanoke, Va., part of the district of Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R), working families joined with a broad coalition of activists and concerned Americans to demand restoration of the Voting Rights Act, key provisions of which were struck down by the Supreme Court two years ago. Here are some of the key tweets from those in attendance.

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Want to Reduce Your College Debt? Learn How from Our Union Plus Scholarship Winners

Want to Reduce Your College Debt? Learn How from Our Union Plus Scholarship Winners

There are many ways for union families to lessen the load of college loan debt. For example, taking courses at a community college before transferring to a more expensive college is a proven tactic. Another, taking AP classes in high school that qualify for college credits can save students a bundle. 

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Trumka Asserts King v. Burwell Decision an Important Victory

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell.

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Son and Aunt of ILA Member Killed in South Carolina Shooting

Son and Aunt of ILA Member Killed in South Carolina Shooting

Among the many lives touched by the tragic shooting in the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., were two members of the extended labor family. Tyrone Saunders, a Longshoremen (ILA) member, lost both his son, Tywanza Saunders, and aunt, Susan Jackson. ILA President Harold J. Daggett and district presidents Clyde Fitzgerald (South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District) and Dennis A. Daggett (Atlantic Coast District) issued the following statement.

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

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