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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 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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Foley Wants Connecticut to Follow the Walmart Health Care Example

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Tom Foley is one of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections, and he keeps making that very clear. As reporter Ken Dixon tweeted (see above), Foley recently said that the state of Connecticut should handle its health care the same way corporations such as Walmart do. People who pay attention already know how ludicrous that statement is, but it is particularly bad coming on the day Walmart cut health care for 30,000 part-time workers and raised premiums on all 1.2 million of its employees participating in the company's health care plan.

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4 Key Reasons Why Dan Sullivan Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

4 Key Reasons Why Dan Sullivan Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

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 Dan Sullivan, who is running for U.S. Senate in Alaska.

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A Tale of Two Dans

Alaska AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami gives you the lowdown on two of his state's worst Dans. Dan Sullivan is an extreme right-wing Republican running for lieutenant governor. We also have another Dan Sullivan, who is an extreme right-wing Republican running for U.S. Senate.  No, you aren't confused, there are two extreme right-wing Dan Sullivans trying to take away the rights of Alaska's working families.

In Alaska? Text AK to 235246 for important updates about the election. 

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In Stockton, Calif., Investment House Franklin Templeton Eviscerates Pensions

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In the Los Angeles Times, Michael Hiltzik lays out the tale of how investment house Franklin Templeton Investments is attempting to gut the pensions of 2,400 retirees from the city of Stockton. The city has been involved in bankruptcy proceedings recently, and Franklin Templeton is trying to further cut pensions that already have faced cuts in recent years.

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No More Passing the Buck in California: 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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Who Does Rick Scott Really Work For?

Who Does Rick Scott Really Work For?

Who does Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) work for? With nearly four years in office, it's pretty clear who he doesn't work for—the people of the state of Florida.

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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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Mark Udall Is the Right Choice for Colorado's Working Families

Mark Udall Is the Right Choice for Colorado's Working Families

In the U.S. Senate race in Colorado, there is a stark contrast between Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner. Which candidate is better for working families? Take a look at this handy chart from Working America and you’ll see it’s Udall.

In Colorado? Text CO to 235246 for important updates about the election. 

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How to Talk to Your Friends and Family About...Voting Rights

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This is the first installment in a new series in which we give you advice on how to talk to your friends and family about key issues for working families. We know that with family and work responsibilities, you don't have the time to do all the research on important topics you need to know about to be an effective voter, so we're going to do that for you and provide you with the best information and messaging about how you can talk to your friends and family.

If you have questions on what is needed at your polling place on Election Day, check out the MyVoteMyRight website or text RIGHTS to 235246.  

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