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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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What If You Couldn’t Afford Summer?

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For many kids in the U.S., summer is a time to be out of school and have few responsibilities. But for many of these children’s families, summer is a time of financial stress. The New York Times explains the problem.

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The Advocate: North Carolina's Transgender Discrimination Bill Hurts Everyone

The Advocate: North Carolina's Transgender Discrimination Bill Hurts Everyone

The Advocate has a piece by Catalina Velasquez, director of People For the American Way Foundation's "Young People For" program, that explains why the recently passed transgender discrimination law in North Carolina hurts everyone, not just the direct targets of the legislation.

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Trumka: Donald Trump Puts Greed Over Working People

Trumka: Donald Trump Puts Greed Over Working People

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka commented on Donald Trump’s meeting with Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), warning that the meeting shows that Trump is siding with the 1% on Wall Street instead of working people.

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The 'Big Shoulders' That Build the New York City Skyline

The 'Big Shoulders' That Build the New York City Skyline

Have you ever wondered about the men and women who spend their days building and maintaining the skyscrapers that make New York City's famous skyline? The New York Times did. In a beautiful photo essay, the newspaper meets the union members who build the city, from lather Jonathan Schulterbrandt to plumber Myriam Giraldo and many others.

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What Is Dodgin' Donald Hiding? 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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Work Is No Place for Violence: The Working People Weekly List

Work Is No Place for Violence: 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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First Women Graduate from Fort Campbell Welding Program

First Women Graduate from Fort Campbell Welding Program

One of the great benefits of joining the military is the opportunity to learn skills that benefit a soldier after their service is completed. Some soldiers, such as Specialist Tanya Preddy and Sergeant Alyssa Tamayo, prepare for careers that provide good jobs while breaking ground at the same time. Preddy and Tamayo just became the first women to graduate Fort Campbell’s Veterans in Piping program in Kentucky.

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The Economy Adds 38,000 Jobs in May, and Unemployment Dips To 4.7%

The Economy Adds 38,000 Jobs in May, and Unemployment Dips To 4.7%

The U.S. economy added 38,000 jobs in May and unemployment fell to 4.7%, down from 5.0% in April, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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Pope Francis Condemns ‘Bloodsucking Bosses’

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In a recent sermon, Pope Francis condemned bosses who exploit workers and the so-called ‘prosperity gospel’ that teaches that profits are more important than people.

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Working People at Verizon See Big Gains: Winners and Losers of the Week

Working People at Verizon See Big Gains: 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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