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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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Reich: The Minimum Wage Should Be $15

Economist Robert Reich concisely and clearly explains seven reasons why the minimum wage should be $15 per hour. The video undermines not only general opposition to raising the minimum wage, but also the arguments against making the minimum wage a living wage.

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Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), Think Progress, the Institute for Policy Studies and Robert Reich have released important research, news and commentary about the economy recently. Here's a look at some of the key facts they have uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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Working Families Rally During Week of Action Against Fast Track

Working Families Rally During Week of Action Against Fast Track

Working families and a coalition of environmental, consumer, faith, farm, business and good governance organizations rallied outside Congress today in opposition to Fast Track trade authority.  The legislation, which is expected to be introduced in Congress this week, would make it easier to ram through complicated trade deals without significant oversight from members of Congress or the public.  The rally, which drew more than 1,000 participants in Washington, D.C., is part of a larger week of action led by the AFL-CIO that will culminate in events across the country this weekend.  

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5 Lies About the Estate Tax and the Truth Behind the Lies

On Tax Day this year, April 15, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to introduce legislation that would repeal the estate tax, a policy designed to limit the concentration of wealth in the United States, generate revenue for the federal government by having those most able to pay and encourage charitable giving. The legislation comes as congressional Republican budget plans propose to slash trillions of dollars in money that benefits working families and gives away massive sums to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.  

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In the States Roundup

It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and central labor councils on Twitter.

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Say No to Fast Track: Winners and Losers of the Week

Say No to Fast Track: Winners and Losers of the Week

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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Reminder: Stand with Walmart Workers on April 15

Reminder: Stand with Walmart Workers on April 15

On Wednesday, the working families behind OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart are taking action to make sure that the retail giant knows that its recent moves to increase wages for some workers isn’t enough. They want you to join them and fast-food and other low-wage workers in the Fight for $15 on April 15 at actions across the country. The organizations will continue their call for Walmart to raise wages to a minimum of $15 an hour and offer workers consistent full-time hours.

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6 Key Parts of Philadelphia Mayoral Candidate Jim Kenney's Education Platform

Photo courtesy Jim Kenney on Flickr

Philadelphia mayoral candidate Jim Kenney (D) has unprecedented support from working families than any candidate in recent mayoral elections in the city.  He's already secured endorsements from local police, fire fighters, AFL-CIO, IBEW, AFSCME, the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (AFT) and others.  Now he's released a comprehensive plan to improve the city's education system.

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Workers and Wages Aren’t a ‘Cost,’ We’re an Investment

Reading today’s Politico Morning Shift column, this sentence stood out in a short piece on Wisconsin Republicans’ efforts to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law: “That’s an 80-year law requiring that workers on construction jobs for local and state governments be paid a wage that the state determines to represent the prevailing norm—a calculation that tends to raise labor costs.” The bias in that construction is pretty simple, and it's one that is often repeated by journalists despite it being a very clear anti-worker frame: Workers are a “cost” and not an investment and not the part of a business that does the work that creates the company’s profits. In other words, this common construction says workers are a pesky obstacle instead of the source of revenue a company needs to survive and grow.

photo courtesy of tSeve Rhodes

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Another One Bans the Box: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy jaypellgen 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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