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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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Mike Michaud, Mark Schauer Among Hundreds of Union Member Candidates Running for Office

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Hundreds of union members are running for elective office this year. Some are first-timers running for local office. Others are incumbents seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate. We've examined a few of these brave individuals willing to fight for working families, such as Don Norcross (running for New Jersey's 1st Congressional District), Mike Michaud (running for Maine governor) and Mark Schauer (running for Michigan governor). Here are a few other key races where union members are running.

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United We Dream's Christina Jimenez Wins 2014 Edna Award

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The managing director of United We Dream, Cristina Jimenez, won the 2014 Edna Award, which honors women ages 35 or younger who are leaders in the social justice movement. The award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, is named for Edna Berger, the first woman organizer of The Newspaper Guild. Jimenez was an important leader in the fight that led to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

OK, so you've researched the candidates and figured out which ones are the best for working families. And you've either voted early or made a plan to vote. But you just don't feel like you've done enough to make sure that Tuesday's election doesn't turn into a nightmare scenario where Republicans shut down the government or take away workers' rights. What can you do?

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4 Important Things You Should Know if You're Voting in Colorado

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Election Day is this Tuesday, Nov. 4. There are a lot of important races for working families across the country—and Colorado is a key state. Here are four important things you need to know if you are voting in Colorado.

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature that takes a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions, state federations 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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You'd Better Check Your Registration in Georgia: 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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New Report: Americans Support Expanding Social Security Benefits

New Report: Americans Support Expanding Social Security Benefits

A new report from the National Academy of Social Insurance, Americans Make Hard Choices on Social Security, takes a comprehensive look at public attitudes about the nation's retirement security program and finds broad support both for the program and for commonsense solutions to strengthen and expand the program in future years.

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Real Men and Women Wear Pink

Real Men and Women Wear Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, as always, the Fire Fighters (IAFF) union is taking up the challenge to raise awareness by wearing pink. Over at the IAFF website, they've gathered a nice round-up of pictures of firefighters in pink, with pink fire trucks and pink ribbons on firehouses.

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Time Magazine Attacks Teachers

Time Magazine Attacks Teachers

The cover of Time magazine's forthcoming Nov. 3 issue shows a pretty significant misunderstanding of an important issue when it attacks teachers, blaming them for the problems in America's schools. The cover is featured already on Time's website, and soon it will be in every supermarket checkout line and newsstand in the country. AFT is calling the magazine to task for the cover and has launched a petition demanding that Time apologize for the cover.

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AFL-CIO's Gebre Inspires Immigrant Voters in Denver

AFL-CIO's Gebre Inspires Immigrant Voters in Denver

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined community leaders and immigrant voters in Denver on Wednesday to remind workers of the importance of voting in this year's elections. Gebre, the labor federation's first immigrant executive officer, visited Colorado as part of an action to encourage immigrant voters and workers to support working family candidates.

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