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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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Gallup Poll Shows Working People are Growing More Supportive of Unions

Gallup Poll Shows Working People are Growing More Supportive of Unions

Yesterday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka tweeted...

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Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and Think Progress have released important research, news and commentary about the economy recently. Here's a look at some of the key facts they have uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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Allegheny Technologies Unfairly Locks Out Steelworkers from Their Jobs

Allegheny Technologies Unfairly Locks Out Steelworkers from Their Jobs

The contract between Allegheny Technologies (ATI) and more than 2,200 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) at 12 work sites across the country expired on June 30. The steelworkers have offered concessions that would help the company move forward, but ATI's management is demanding that workers submit to massive cuts that would jeopardize family-sustaining jobs. And last Friday, ATI unfairly locked out the working people at the company.

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In the States Roundup

It’s time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and central labor councils on Twitter.

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions 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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Amazon Sounds a Lot Like a Jungle: 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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Shuler Spotlights Organizing Efforts in Twin Cities

In the video above, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler discusses the type of coalition-building that is necessary to succeed in efforts like those in Minnesota's Twin Cities to raise wages and improve working conditions. 

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Watch Retirees React to Republican Presidential Candidates' Words

In a hilarious new video from AFSCME, retirees read aloud and react to some of the out-of-touch ideas the right-wing Republican presidential candidates have been tossing out this cycle. You're bound to laugh at their reactions.

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Trumka: Working Families Deserve Strong Social Security Program

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Happy Birthday, Social Security! On today’s 80th anniversary of Social Security, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement:

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The Republican Candidates Hate Retirement Security: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore 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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