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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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NLRB Judge Rules Walmart Wrongly Fired Strikers

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An administrative law judge at the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Walmart retaliated against workers for participating in strikes. Walmart claimed that the workers' actions were not protected under the National Labor Relations Act and that it was legitimate to fire the employees for violating the company's attendance policy. Judge Geoffrey Carter ruled against Walmart.

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Check Out These Inspiring Highlights from the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

If you weren't able to make it to Washington, D.C., for the 2016 AFL-CIO Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference, you can see highlights from the inspiring event in this new video from the Transport Workers (TWU). 

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Mondelez to Ship Middle-Class Jobs to Mexico: Winners and Losers of the Week

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Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers who are winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people who are trying to deny working people their rights.

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With Gov. Snyder Failing to Fix the Problem, Working People Step Up in Flint Water Crisis

With Gov. Snyder Failing to Fix the Problem, Working People Step Up in Flint Water Crisis

Union members have been helping vulnerable Flint, Michigan, residents during its water crisis.

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The Working People Weekly List

The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

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By Our Hands: A Sex Advice Columnist Says Unions Are Great

By Our Hands: A Sex Advice Columnist Says Unions Are Great

Today, the AFL-CIO is launching a new online magazine through Medium called “By Our Hands.” This new feature will highlight the stories of working people and national figures—and some that may come as unexpected such as from sex advice columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage in the first offering. This periodical publication will include content from the AFL-CIO and contributing authors. Make sure to check it out often, and we’ll be sure to pass along some of the top content as it comes.

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New Report: A Year of the Raising Wages Agenda

New Report: A Year of the Raising Wages Agenda

Marking nearly one year since the first-ever Raising Wages Summit, the AFL-CIO today released a new report detailing the successes, struggles and path ahead to raise wages for working people.

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Paid Leave Momentum Continues to Grow: Winners and Losers of the Week

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Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers who are winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people who are trying to deny working people their rights. 

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Change the Rules, Be the Power: Highlights of the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

Change the Rules, Be the Power: Highlights of the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

This past weekend, more than 1,000 participants attended the 2016 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference, the largest edition of the conference yet. This year's theme was Change the Rules, Be the Power, and here are some social media highlights of the conference.

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The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

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