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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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Build a Wall to Keep Trump Out of the White House

Build a Wall to Keep Trump Out of the White House

Finally, after what seems like years, we are almost to Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016. But we aren't quite there yet, so we can't let up now. We need to create a virtual wall between Donald Trump and the White House. Choose a brick, add your name and make sure that Trump won't ever make it inside the White House without a visitor's badge.

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Carrier Case Shows Why Rep. Young Is Bad for Indiana

A new video from AFSCME People takes a look at the damage done to real working people when the Carrier Corp. shipped jobs from Indiana to Mexico. And it shows the role that Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) played in the process. Young, who took nearly $20,000 from Carrier executives in campaign contributions, sided against workers and with those same executives. Watch the video to see how Young's support affected Frank Staples of Indianapolis.

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Union-Made in America Halloween Candy Shopping List

Union-Made in America Halloween Candy Shopping List

If you want your Halloween to be all treats and no tricks, make sure all your candy is union-made in America. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411, has a list of union-made candies, as does Union Plus. Here are some highlights, featuring sweets made by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

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How Donald Trump's Agenda Hurts Real People: The Case of the Nabisco Workers Who Used to Make Oreos

In this new video, we hear the stories of Ladonna and Michael, two Nabisco workers who made Oreos in Chicago. They are hardworking people who put their heart and soul into making products that provide joy for many Americans. When Mondelēz International, Nabisco's parent company, announced that 600 jobs would be leaving the country, the ensuing stress made Ladonna lose her hair. Literally.

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Working Families in Action

Working Families in Action

When they aren't on the job, working people put their time and effort into helping our community and working for the issues and political leaders who fight for us. Here are some recent examples of working people in action.

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Celia's Story of Working for Donald Trump

We can assume that Donald Trump isn't spending much time preparing for tomorrow's debate. One thing we know he won't be doing instead of debate prep is taking the time to help out the working people who make Vegas work. He says he's for all workers. But his record shows that he certainly isn't for those who work at his hotel, like Celia. Immigrants like Celia move to Las Vegas for a better life. Trump refuses to recognize this. Watch her tell her story in this video.

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