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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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Judge Rules Right to Work Violates Wisconsin Constitution: Winners and Losers of the Week

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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End of Pfizer-Allergan Merger Could Save U.S. Taxpayers Billions

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The withdrawal by New York-based pharma giant Pfizer of a proposed merger with Irish company Allergan could save U.S. taxpayers billions. If the merger had been completed under the Treasury Department's old rules, Pfizer could have dodged paying $35 billion in taxes on $150 billion in overseas profits. In 2014, Treasury revised rules to make it harder for corporations to use the process called "inversion" to avoid paying taxes in the United States. The AFL-CIO recently joined more than 50 organizations that sent a letter to the Treasury calling for stiffer rules on inversion so that companies are required to pay their fair share.

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Long Overdue DOL Rule Will Protect Retirement Investors

Long Overdue DOL Rule Will Protect Retirement Investors

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in reaction to the Department of Labor's final fiduciary ruling.

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Victory in New York: New Law Raises Minimum Wage to $15 and Provides Paid Family Leave

Victory in New York: New Law Raises Minimum Wage to $15 and Provides Paid Family Leave

The unified efforts of 2.5 million working people and the 3,000 local unions of the New York State AFL-CIO lead to a major victory on Monday, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a law raising the state's minimum wage. Millions will see wage increases. Future wage increases will be tied to economic indicators. The law also establishes a robust 12 weeks of paid family leave for working people.

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'Transparent' Musicians Call for Equal Treatment and a Voice on the Job

​AFM Local 47 musicians and union officials were joined by JLC Western Region Executive Director Leslie Gersicoff the morning of March 29, for an early morning leafleting outside a “Transparent” location shoot in the desert town of Pearblossom, Calif.

Working people in Los Angeles are calling for Picrow, the production company behind the Amazon show "Transparent," to treat musicians fairly. Members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFMLocal 47 leafleted outside the show's Pearblossom, California, desert location shoot, asking, "Where's the pride for musicians." The musicians want Picrow to treat them the same as it treats the other working people on the show. The actors, writers, directors and crew receive union wages, benefits and protections, but musicians are not covered by a labor contract.

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President Cruz Would Silence Working People: 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 winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights.

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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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Liz Shuler Talks About the 2016 Election and Workers' Rights

In an interview with Machinists' (IAM's) Dierdre Kaniewski, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler talks to the ViewPoint host about the 2016 election, workers' rights and everything else that is at stake for the labor movement.

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The Economy Adds 215,000 Jobs in March, and Unemployment Is Essentially Unchanged at 5.0%

The Economy Adds 215,000 Jobs in March, and Unemployment Is Essentially Unchanged at 5.0%

The U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs in March and unemployment was 5.0%, essentially unchanged from February, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the record string of months with job growth.

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There’s a Pretty Clear Solution to This Problem for Low-Wage Workers

There’s a Pretty Clear Solution to This Problem for Low-Wage Workers

A new analysis from The Pew Charitable Trusts shows that low-income Americans are experiencing a massive increase in housing costs that makes it impossible for some to afford basic needs. The study found that low-income Americans spent a median of $6,897 on housing in 2013, and that number rose to $9,178 in 2014. This was the biggest jump in the nearly 20 years of data that Pew studied. Other necessities, such as transportation and food, also have risen, but not as drastically.

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