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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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APWU Day of Action Calls for 'Good Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!'

APWU Day of Action Calls for 'Good Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!'

On Thursday, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and its allies participated in more than 120 events in 45 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The events rallied supporters in opposition to plans to privatize postal service and close offices and in support of good jobs, a good contract and the workers' ability to provide good service for customers. Actor Danny Glover has been a spokesperson for the campaign and continues his support today.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Sue Kunitomi Embrey

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Sue Kunitomi Embrey

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. Today we honor Sue Kunitomi Embrey, a teacher and activist who was forced into the Manzanar internment camp with her family at age 19 during World War II. She later became a leading force behind the effort to declare Manzanar internment camp a national historic site. 

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Trumka: CEOs Are the New Royalty in America

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka appeared on CNBC yesterday to discuss the 2015 edition of Executive Paywatch, income inequality, and companies like Walmart that are leaders in overpaying their CEOs and underpaying their workers.

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Executive PayWatch 2015: CEO Pay Continues to Skyrocket

Executive PayWatch 2015: CEO Pay Continues to Skyrocket

CEOs of the nation’s largest corporations received a 16% pay raise in 2014, and the pay gap between CEOs and the typical worker widened to 373-to-1, according to the latest data from the AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch. Top executives of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index companies received, on average, $13.5 million in 2014, even as the average production and nonsupervisory worker earned only $36,000 in annual salary in 2014. 

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Fast Track Fails to Advance in Senate

A bill promoting Fast Track authority for international trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership failed to gather enough votes to advance today. On a largely party-line vote, the measure got 52 votes, eight short of the 60 needed to overcome a possible filibuster and bring the legislation to the floor.

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TWU Leader Testifies Before Congress About the Importance of Transportation Funding

Recently, Transport Workers (TWU) President Harry Lombardo testified before Congress on the importance of infrastructure funding, particularly the reauthorization of MAP-21, federal surface transportation funding. Despite the importance of infrastructure to public safety and the economy, and the key role working families play in maintaining and updating our infrastructure, this was the first time the president of TWU testified before Congress in more than a decade.

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Have You Thanked a Nurse Today? Winners and Losers of the Week

Have You Thanked a Nurse Today? 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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Infrastructure Week Is the Perfect Time to Remind Congress That We Need to Invest in Our Safety and Prosperity

Infrastructure Week Is the Perfect Time to Remind Congress That We Need to Invest in Our Safety and Prosperity

Today marks the launch of the third annual Infrastructure Week, sponsored by more than 80 labor, business and community organizations that are teamed up to make sure that America's infrastructure gets much-needed upgrades in order to maintain public safety and to make sure we have the roads, bridges, railways and other vital parts of our economy. Events will be held across the country this week, including an advocacy day where working families and their allies will talk to legislators about making sure we have the funding to upgrade our infrastructure to make sure we're safe and prepared for the future.

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Stand Up Against Workplace Violence for National Nurses Week

Stand Up Against Workplace Violence for National Nurses Week

Being a nurse is challenging enough without facing violence in the workplace, but that's exactly what many nurses in California hospitals have been facing for many years. There currently are no violence prevention programs in place to protect the state's health care professionals from on-the-job assaults. Not only is staff safety a concern, but it becomes a public safety issue when patients can't be confident in their own safety, either.

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Today: Do Your Part for the Letter Carriers' 'Stamp Out Hunger' Drive

Today: Do Your Part for the Letter Carriers' 'Stamp Out Hunger' Drive

Today is the day! Don't forget to participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers' (NALC's) annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive. Letter carriers across the country will be picking up millions of pounds of canned goods and nonperishable items as part of the country's biggest annual food drive. The Letter Carriers' drive takes place during a crucial time, just as many food pantries are hitting their lowest stock points during the summer months, so your assistance is vital in making sure fewer Americans go hungry this time of year.

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