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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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Working Families Campaigning Until the Last Minute

Working Families Campaigning Until the Last Minute

This is an important election for everyone, and working people know that and have been working hard and will continue to do so until the last poll closes in the last state. We recognize that there isn't just a choice here between two different sets of policy proposals, but a choice about what kind of country we want to be and what kind of future we want to have. Here are some highlights of the work we're doing in the last few days before the election. Take a look at these and then go out and make sure that Election Day 2016 is a day of hope and progress for working people and for America.

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Know Your Rights: State Laws on Employee Time Off to Vote

Photo by Ho John Lee

Federal law does not require that employers allow their workers time off to vote, but the majority of states have at least some level of protection for employees who want to leave work to engage in their civic duty. The specifics vary by state, but in each state, the rules apply to almost every type of workplace. Employers are required to know the laws and to provide adequate accommodations according to the rules of that state. Though many states allow employees to have up to three hours off during the time the polls are open (the number of hours varies by state), nearly all of the states allow employers to refuse time off to vote.

Check out your state after the jump. 

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Visits Ohio to Rally Working People Against Donald Trump

Ohio is an important swing state in next week's presidential election, and if Donald Trump fails to win the state, his path toward victory is very narrow. That's why AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was in the state making sure that working people know how important their vote is. Here is some of the media coverage of Trumka's visit.

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Working Families Guide to Important State Ballot Measures This Election

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This election isn’t only about choosing elected leaders to represent working families in the White House, Congress, state legislatures and at the municipal level; there are also measures on the ballot on Election Day in several states. Many of the issues on the ballot will have a significant impact on the lives of working families, and it's important that voters don't look past these on Election Day.

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