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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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Where Is the Media on TPP?

Over at Campaign for America's Future, Dave Johnson takes a look at the secret negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a potentially very dangerous piece of legislation that could have devastating effects on working families. He notes that corporate-owned media is engaging in almost a total blackout on the story, failing once again to represent the people and allowing extreme corporate interests the freedom to run roughshod over workers in the United States and abroad.

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Worker Wins Update: Workers Organize to Create New Jobs, Secure Scheduling Reform

Photo courtesy Stephen Melkisethian on Flickr

Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

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Bobo: A Career of Focusing the Faith Community on Low-Wage Workers

Bobo: A Career of Focusing the Faith Community on Low-Wage Workers

As the founder of Interfaith Worker Justice, Kim Bobo has spent years rallying the faith community in support of low-wage workers, particularly those who are targets of wage theft and other employer abuses. In a new interview with Political Research Associates, Bobo details her efforts that have often come in the face of strong opposition from corporate and right-wing religious interests.

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Fast-Food Workers Rise Up: 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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Trumka: House Bill Would Lead to Further Exploitation of Immigrant Workers

In response to a Republican bill that would block executive action on immigration reform, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement.

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Chicago to Raise Minimum Wage to $13 Per Hour

Photo courtesy Action Now

In the wake of federal and state inaction, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) recently proposed raising the minimum wage within the city limits to $13 per hour. A key City Council committee advanced the measure on a 16–3 vote Monday and the broader council passed it 44–5 Tuesday. The current wage of $8.25 will move to $10 early next year and will rise in increments until it reaches the full $13 in 2019.

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San Francisco Leads the Way on Fair Scheduling with Retail Workers Bill of Rights

Photo courtesy Jobs With Justice

The city of San Francisco has taken a big step in the right direction by passing the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which will end abusive scheduling practices and improve work environments for more than 40,000 workers at 1,250 locations in the city. The bill still has to be signed by the mayor, but workers and advocates are confident it will become law. By taking this big step, nearly half of the city's workers in the related industries will have their lives improved.

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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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Standing Up on Black Friday: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Don Barrett 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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Register Now for the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

Register Now for the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

As we approach the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and the accomplishments of the civil rights movement, it will soon be time for the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference, which will be held from Jan. 15–19 in Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

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