Shortcut Navigation:

AFL-CIO Now

Showing blog posts by Kenneth Quinnell

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.

Follow me on Twitter

10 Reasons Hillary Clinton Stands with Working People

Photo by Chris Farina

Working people recognize the high stakes in the 2016 presidential election. On one side, you have Donald Trump, who supports "right to work," which takes away power from working people, and thinks your wages are too high. On the other side, you have Hillary Clinton, who has a long history of advocating for families and working people. She believes that paid family leave, earned sick days, fair schedules, equal pay for women and quality affordable child care are critical, as well as the right to come together in union and negotiate for a better life. Here are 10 ways Clinton stands with working people:

Read more and comment »

Cleveland's Working People Speak Out Against Trump: Ed's Story

Cleveland's Working People Speak Out Against Trump: Ed's Story

"I am happy that trade issues are getting so much attention in this election," said steelworker Ed Rico in Cleveland this week. "It is a critical issue for places like Lorain, like Cleveland or any place else where we make things. It is on us, however, to be sure we separate fact from fiction when it comes to candidates’ claims and promises. And on trade matters, it is clear who stands with us and who has been part of the problem."

Read more and comment »

Winners and Losers of the Week

Winners and Losers of the Week

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights.

Read more and comment »

Cleveland's Working People Speak Out Against Trump: Wanda's Story

Cleveland's Working People Speak Out Against Trump: Wanda's Story

"Trump tries to talk a good game about trade policy, but how is someone like me supposed to believe a word he says when his own business practices threaten my well-being and that of my co-workers?" said union member Wanda Navarro in Cleveland this week, in advance of the Republican National Convention. "I hear what he says on the need for fair trade, then I look at what he does and it just doesn’t make any sense." 

Read more and comment »

Working Families Respond to Baton Rouge Shooting

Working Families Respond to Baton Rouge Shooting

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released  the following statement  in response to the shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Read more and comment »

Iron Mike Kilbane Welcomes RNC to Cleveland; Has Strong Words for Trump

Iron Mike Kilbane Welcomes RNC to Cleveland; Has Strong Words for Trump

In Cleveland yesterday, working people joined U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland to talk about important issues like trade policy, infrastructure investment and union-busting and how the top Republican candidates measure up on these important issues. Local workers like Michael "Iron Mike" Kilbane, a member of Ironworkers Local 17, shared their stories. 

Read more and comment »

The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

Read more and comment »

Donald Trump's VP Pick Proves He Doesn't Stand with Working Families

Donald Trump's VP Pick Proves He Doesn't Stand with Working Families

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to Donald Trump choosing former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

Read more and comment »

Hillary Clinton Opposes TPP

In an appearance this week, Hillary Clinton spoke out against bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The video shows, once again, that she's with us.

Read more and comment »

One-Third of Manufacturing Workers Are on Public Assistance: Winners and Losers of the Week

California home care provider Lisa Scott with her client, Adele Burris. Overtime pay means she can more easily visit her daughter and grandchild in Arizona, she said. (Photo by James Hamilton)

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights.

Read more and comment »

Online Community

Connect With Us

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Flickr

Get Email from AFL-CIO


Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 235246 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 235246 for more information.

Blogs

Join Us Online