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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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12 Recent Victories for Workers in Raising Wages and Collective Bargaining

12 Recent Victories for Workers in Raising Wages and Collective Bargaining

While it certainly seems that extremists on the far right are waging an all out war on working families and their rights, workers aren't just defending themselves, they are fighting to expand their rights and are achieving some significant victories.  Here are 12 recent victories that we should celebrate while continuing to push for even more wins.

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our latest feature, 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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Not Just for Boys Anymore: 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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Five Reasons Walmart's New 'Commitment' to American Manufacturing is Nonsense

Five Reasons Walmart's New 'Commitment' to American Manufacturing is Nonsense

Walmart is hosting a manufacturing summit in Denver this week as part of its new program to supposedly invest in products made in America for its stores across the country. The retailer is claiming its new plan will invest $250 billion over the next decade and create 1 million jobs. We're not buying it.

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Trumka: Ferguson Tragedy Highlights Race and Class Divisions We Have Long Neglected

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to events in Ferguson, Missouri (after the jump). 

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our latest feature, 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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Jay-Z Asks California Audience to Support Prison Reform Ballot Measure

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Megastar rapper Jay-Z doesn't throw his clout behind political causes too often, but when he does, it has the potential to influence his huge audience. In a performance at the Rose Bowl last week, he asked members of the California audience to support Prop. 47 in November.

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North Carolina Doesn't Want You to Vote: Winners and Losers of the Week

North Carolina Doesn't Want You to Vote: 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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Archbishop Gregory Channels Pope Francis at UNITE HERE Convention

Archbishop Wilton Gregory channeled Pope Francis during the opening of the recent UNITE HERE convention. Gregory called out employer policies that denigrate workers and policies that exclude the needy.

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Gabrielle Martin: I Am AFGE

The latest video in the AFGE "I Am AFGE" series introduces us to Gabrielle Martin, who works at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She details the important work the commission engages in, despite being chronically underfunded and the constant target of politically motivated budget cuts.

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