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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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Fast-Food Workers and Allies Arrested in Nationwide Strikes

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) was among numerous people arrested as fast-food workers and their supporters rallied in more than 150 cities on Thursday.  Thousands of workers walked out of restaurants and picked up picket signs, demanding that big restaurant chains pay them a living wage of $15-per-hour.  Home care workers also participated in the strikes. Moore was arrested in West Milwaukee, Wis., and other arrests were made in New York City, Detroit, Chicago and elsewhere.

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5 Reasons Why John Kasich Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

Photo courtesy Steve Beshear on Flickr

It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Here are five reasons why Kasich has been bad for working people.

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Working Families: Raise Alaska's Minimum Wage!

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined with local labor leaders and working families to rally Alaska voters to support raising the state's minimum wage. For several decades, Alaska had the nation's highest minimum wage, but the wage has stayed stagnant in recent years, and Alaska's working families are falling farther and farther behind.

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Court Rules That Those People Working for FedEx Are, in Fact, FedEx Employees

Photo courtesy Crystian Cruz on Flickr

Let's pose a hypothetical situation. You're sitting at home and a truck pulls up outside. On the side of the truck, it says FedEx. The driver who gets out is wearing a hat that says "FedEx" and a shirt that says "FedEx." She walks up to your front door, rings the bell and has you sign a FedEx clipboard scanner thing. She hands you a package with FedEx printed on the box. You ask the delivery driver about her job and she tells you that FedEx controls virtually every aspect of her workday, including her appearance, the way the truck looks, the areas she delivers to and the hours she works. You get the idea. 

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On Labor Day, Leaders Rally Supporters for Challenges Ahead

On Labor Day, Leaders Rally Supporters for Challenges Ahead

On Labor Day, leaders from across the movement for the rights of working families spoke about both the history of the labor movement and the challenges we face in the current hostile environment created by extreme interests that place profits over people. From rallies across the country to online essays, the message was clear: Working families aren't taking the attacks on their rights lightly and they will not only fight back, they will win.

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Burger King's Latest Whopper, Tax Inversion: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Mike Mozart on Flickr

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 Did Your Grandparents Teach You About Work?

What did your grandparents do for a living? What did your grandparents teach you about work? How did your grandparents work lives shape who you are today?

These are the questions asked by a new website launched in honor of Labor Day by Jobs With Justice called The Way They Worked.  And rather than providing readers with the answers, the site asks Americans to tell their stories and honor their grandparents and the lives they lived and the jobs they worked.

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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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5 Reasons Why Rick Snyder Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

Photo courtesy Michigan Municipal League on Flickr

It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Here are five reasons why Snyder has been bad for working people.

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10 Ways President Obama Can Take Executive Action on Immigration to Protect Workers' Rights Now

10 Ways President Obama Can Take Executive Action on Immigration to Protect Workers' Rights Now

Emilio Garcia began working for U.S. Fibers in South Carolina in April 2010 as a maintenance worker. He worked 12-hour shifts with only a 30-minute lunch break because his wife and children depend on him. Garcia said that from the very beginning he and other workers were humiliated by management. Conditions were so bad that he and other workers decided to organize themselves with the assistance of the United Steelworkers (USW). But management wasn't happy with Garcia's organizing efforts, and they slowly began cutting his hours before firing him in July of last year. Garcia told his story to an audience today at a panel discussion hosted by the AFL-CIO. 

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