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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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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.

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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.

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When Donald Trump Had a Choice, He Chose Nonunion Labor for His Construction Projects with IBEW

When Donald Trump Had a Choice, He Chose Nonunion Labor for His Construction Projects with IBEW

Donald Trump has admitted before that when he has a choice between union and nonunion labor for his construction projects, he'd go with nonunion labor. Just how often was that? A new report from the Electrical Workers (IBEW) reveals some figures about his dealings with IBEW contractors.

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Trumka: Passage of Strong Trade Amendment Marks Major Milestone

Trumka: Passage of Strong Trade Amendment Marks Major Milestone

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in reaction to the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee’s passage of a trade amendment during its Orlando, Florida, meeting.

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#1uEnough: The Working People Weekly List

It has been a tragedy-filled week for working people and their families. Here are some of the responses from our union sisters and brothers.

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AFL-CIO Supports Suspension of All U.S. Funding for Honduran Security Forces

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The AFL-CIO supports the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, which would suspend all funding to Honduran security forces. These forces have engaged in well-documented cases of excessive use of deadly force, abuse of power and entrenched corruption. Just this week, another indigenous activist, Yaneth Urquia Urquia, was kidnapped and murdered. The AFL-CIO calls for a suspension of funding from the U.S. Congress and loans from multilateral development banks until abuses by security forces stop and those responsible are prosecuted.

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The Economy Adds 287,000 Jobs in June, and Unemployment Up Slightly to 4.9%

The Economy Adds 287,000 Jobs in June, and Unemployment Up Slightly to 4.9%

The U.S. economy added 287,000 jobs in June and unemployment rose slightly to 4.9%, up from 4.7% in May, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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Working People at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City Strike Decent Wages and Benefits

Working People at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City Strike Decent Wages and Benefits

Working people at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, walked off the job on Friday, launching a strike against the greedy actions of billionaire Carl Icahn, the current owner of the casino. Workers at other Atlantic City casinos reached tentative agreements last week, but Icahn's opposition to treating working people fairly means that nearly a thousand cooks, housekeepers, servers and other staff are on strike.

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Death of Police Officers in Dallas

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in reaction to the shootings of police officers in Dallas.

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in reaction to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

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