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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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Watch This Poet Slam Wisconsin's Scott Walker

Poet Dylan Garity takes on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in this compelling performance from the Button Showcase at last year's National Poetry Slam. It's hard to think of a more deserving target than Walker.

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Vote for Your Favorite Labor Hero and You Could Win $500

Vote for Your Favorite Labor Hero and You Could Win $500

Labor Day isn’t just a day off from work to eat good barbecue with friends and family. It’s a celebration of America’s labor movement and its workers.

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Stagehands Help the Foo Fighters Rickroll Westboro Baptist Church Members

Shout out to Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 31 President Michael "Mac" McAnany for helping the Foo Fighters rickroll the Westboro Baptist Church this weekend outside the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.—that's him driving his pickup with Dave Grohl and a sound system! Thanks, brother!

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

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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Federal Judge: Home Care Workers Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime

In a unanimous decision, a federal appeals court reversed a district court and ruled that the Labor Department was within its authority to issue a rule change meant to provide home care workers with a minimum wage and overtime protections. The case is now remanded to the district court. 

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Back to School Shopping? Skip Staples and Quill.com

Back to School Shopping? Skip Staples and Quill.com

Its back-to-school time, which means many children, parents, teachers and college students are shopping for supplies. But it's important to choose wisely—and to boycott products from companies that seem to go out of their way to hurt working families.

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CWA Local 1103 Seeks to Make Port Chester, N.Y., a Wage Theft-Free Zone

Local 1103 of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) is part of an organizing campaign in the village of Port Chester, N.Y., called “No Pay No Way,” designed to make the village a wage theft-free zone. Watch the video to see the campaign in action.

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Shouldn't the 'T' in TPP Stand for Transparency? Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture 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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Weingarten: Excitement and Anxiety: The First Day of School

Weingarten: Excitement and Anxiety: The First Day of School

In her latest post at Medium, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten discusses the process that teachers go through and the challenges they face in getting ready for the first day of school.

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Gallup Poll Shows Working People are Growing More Supportive of Unions

Gallup Poll Shows Working People are Growing More Supportive of Unions

Yesterday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka tweeted...

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