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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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Help Make Sure Working Families Are Part of the Health Care Debate

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Every year, Modern Healthcare magazine names the 100 most influential people in health care. The exposure of appearing on the list not only recognizes hard work or importance in the field, it also helps determine which voices get heard in the conversation. Modern Healthcare is asking for your input in determining the list, and it is often dominated by CEOs and politicians. 

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Trumka: Haley Needs to Go Beyond the Flag

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) calling for the removal of the confederate flag from the state Capitol.

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A Fast Track to Nowhere: 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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It's Not Just About Jobs, Hyundai, It's About Quality Jobs

It's Not Just About Jobs, Hyundai, It's About Quality Jobs

Workers at the Lear plant in Selma, Ala., make foam seat cushions for car manufacturer Hyundai. The plant just celebrated its 10-year anniversary and the media has been praising Hyundai for bringing jobs to the area. But the problem is that many of those jobs, particularly the supplier jobs, don't offer good wages or working conditions.

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Want to Fix the Economy? How About Addressing Mass Incarceration

In the latest video on how to improve the American economy, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich lays out the case that addressing the current problems with mass incarceration would be a good place to start. He says our unjust criminal system is racist, it's destructive, it doesn't make us safer and it's a disaster for our economy. Watch the video to learn more.

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Union-Made Father's Day Shopping Ideas

Union-Made Father's Day Shopping Ideas

Celebrate your dad in solidarity style this Father's Day by getting him a gift that sports the union label. Check out some union-made Father's Day gift ideas from our friends over at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

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Artists Just Wanna Get Fair Pay: Winners and Losers of the Week

Artists Just Wanna Get Fair Pay: 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 went above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whomever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Workers Head to Walmart Shareholders' Meeting to Demand $15 an Hour and Full-Time Schedules

Workers Head to Walmart Shareholders' Meeting to Demand $15 an Hour and Full-Time Schedules

Workers and Our Walmart activists are headed to the Walmart shareholders' meeting in Bentonville, Ark., to demand that the company raise its minimum salary to $15 per hour and provide consistent, full-time jobs for workers who want them at the retail giant. The workers also will protest the layoffs of workers who have raised their voice and demanded more from the country's largest private employer.

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ATU Calls for D.C. Streetcar Workers to Be Rehired and Service to Finally Open

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For Washington, D.C., residents, the long-rumored streetcar in the H Street corridor may seem like a mythical creature. We've heard about it for years. We've seen the tracks. We've even seen streetcars going down H Street with no passengers in them. Lots of people have been left wondering what's going on and why things are taking so long. The culprit, it seems, is a common impediment to progress across the country—outsourcing.

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Gawker Staffers to Vote on Joining Writers Guild of America, East

Gawker Staffers to Vote on Joining Writers Guild of America, East

On Wednesday June 3, 120 editorial staffers at Gawker Media will vote on whether or not to unionize. Gawker was one of the websites that helped modernize digital journalism, and the vote is an important step in modernizing labor relations at digital employers. The Gawker vote will be the first such vote at a digital-only news outlet.

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