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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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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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What Drives You?

You’re the kind of person who votes, and this year, your voice at the polls is more crucial than ever.
 
What issue is driving YOU to the polls this year?
 
Text VOTE to 235246 for important election updates.

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APALA Celebrates the Life of Pioneer Sumi Haru

Last week, we lost a trailblazer who helped paved the way for diversity in her industry and helped expand the role of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the labor movement.  Sumi Haru was a co-founder of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and a key member of SAG-AFTRA whose impact was felt well beyond the labor movement and the film industry she worked in.

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For the Third Year in a Row, Connecticut Candidate for Governor, Tom Foley, Paid No Taxes

Photo courtesy the Valley Independent Sentinel

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley (R-Conn.) had an effective tax rate in 2013 of $0, the third year in a row the millionaire hasn't paid taxes.  In 2010, the investor spent $11 million of his own fortune in a failed attempt to defeat Dannel Malloy for governor of Connecticut, and Foley is trying again this year.  On Friday, he showed reporters summaries of his most recent tax returns, showing that after adjustments, his tax rate in 2013 was 0%, as it was in 2011 and 2012.

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Scott Walker Doesn't Like the Minimum Wage or Voting Rights: Winners and Losers of the Week

Scott Walker Doesn't Like the Minimum Wage or Voting Rights: 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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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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Why Dan Sullivan Is Wrong for Alaska's Workers

Alaska has a long history of politicians who fight for the state and it's working families. Alaska's workers and unions have long supported candidates of either party when that candidate was the best choice. But Dan Sullivan isn't one of those politicians. On issue after issue, Sullivan has sided against Alaskans in favor of supporting special interests, and he won't join the long bipartisan tradition of fighting for Alaskans.

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Show Your Support for Philadelphia Teachers

Show Your Support for Philadelphia Teachers

Thousands of members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT), other local labor union members, parents, students, community groups and elected leaders are taking to the streets today to fight back against actions taken by Gov. Tom Corbett and Mayor Nutter’s cronies to further dismantle and defund the Philadelphia public school system. In a shocking example of what happens when anti-worker politicians get elected, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers lost their contract last week through a unilateral decision by Gov. Corbett’s and Mayor Nutter’s appointees.

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Trumka: We Need to Replace Mass Incarceration with Mass Employment

Trumka: We Need to Replace Mass Incarceration with Mass Employment

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke in Los Angeles today in support of the “Yes on 47” campaign. Prop. 47, which will be on the ballot in November, would reduce the classification of some low-level nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. The crimes addressed by the proposal include things like minor drug possession and petty theft. Organized labor is a strong supporter of the proposition, as noted in Trumka's speech today at Homeboy Industries.

Read more from Labor's Edge, the California Federation of Labor's blog. 

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Working Families to Join 'Justice for All' March in Ferguson

In September, when AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke to the convention of the Missouri AFL-CIO, he addressed the recent events in Ferguson, Mo., that led to the shooting of Michael Brown, saying that it was important for labor to be a part of the necessary conversation about race in the United States. Now the AFL-CIO, including the federation's director of civil, human and women's rights, Carmen Berkley, and Neidi Dominguez, assistant director of community engagement, will be in Missouri this weekend as part of the "Justice for All" events, including a national march and rally in St. Louis and Moral Monday-themed civil disobedience.

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