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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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Trumka: Labor Movement Proudly Stands With Walmart Workers on Black Friday

Trumka: Labor Movement Proudly Stands With Walmart Workers on Black Friday

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement of solidarity with the Walmart workers who are striking on Black Friday (after the jump).

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Trumka on Ferguson: We Cannot Deny the Perception That the System Is Not Yet Color Blind

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in reaction to the grand jury decision in the shooting case of Michael Brown.

 

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5 Ways Walmart Avoids Paying Taxes and Is Scheming to Pay Even Less

A new report from Americans for Tax Fairness, How Walmart is Dodging Billions in Taxes: And Scheming to Avoid Billions More, details the ways that Walmart avoids paying $1 billion in taxes a year and is spending massive amounts of money so it can pay even less in taxes. The largest retailer in the country is owned by the richest family in the country and faces constant criticism for paying workers wages so low that many of its employees can't make ends meet.

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25 Million Reasons to Give Thanks for Social Insurance

Photo courtesy Robert Neff on Flickr

The National Academy of Social Insurance recently examined Census Bureau data and found that social insurance programs have a made a significant dent on the number of people living in poverty in the U.S. More than 45 million people (14.5% of the population) lived in poverty in 2013, but those numbers would be significantly larger if it weren't for programs such as Social Security, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation and Supplemental Security Income. 

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Workers and Families vs. Profits: Winners and Losers of the Week

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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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Major Milestones in AFL-CIO's Campaign for Immigration Reform

Over the years, the labor movement and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka have fought side by side with the grassroots immigrant rights movement to stop unnecessary and unjust deportations and for a policy that protects workers' rights, keeps families together and provides a road map to citizenship for aspiring Americans. We stood strong with immigrant workers in the face of unprecedented deportations, while also working for a comprehensive solution. Here are some key highlights from the AFL-CIO Now blog and other press clips over the past several years where America's working families, and their unions, have stood with aspiring citizens and families.

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Walmart Workers to Strike as New Report Calls Company 'America's Largest Poverty Incubator'

In advance of Black Friday protests the day after Thanksgiving, Walmart workers in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, participated in a one-day strike calling on the retail giant to increase wages. Meanwhile, a new report, “Walmart's Hunger Games: How America's Largest Employer and Richest Family Worsen the Hunger Crisis,” called Walmart the poster child for food insecurity in America.

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Trumka: President's Immigration Executive Action 'Moves Us Forward'

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's announced executive action on immigration reform.

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Vote for 'Brotherhood Outdoors' in the Sportsman Channel Awards

Vote for 'Brotherhood Outdoors' in the Sportsman Channel Awards

"Brotherhood Outdoors" is the only union-dedicated, outdoor television show, and it showcases hardworking union members in an effort to teach Americans what union brotherhood is all about. It also provides viewers with tips on hunting and fishing and, in 2011, it took home the Sportsman Channel's 2011 award for best combination (hunting/fishing) show.  Since then, the series has only gotten better and it's up for three awards this year, and you can help make sure the show is a winner!

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Biden: 'Unions Are the Reason We Have the Best Workers in the World'

Vice President Joe Biden headlined a diverse group of leaders who spoke at the Career and Technical Education Workforce Development Summit yesterday, an event sponsored by the AFL-CIO and AFT. Biden was joined by Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and numerous labor, business and community leaders who spoke to a packed house.

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