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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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Nominate Labor Films for the National Film Registry

Nominate Labor Films for the National Film Registry

The National Film Registry is a list of movies made by U.S. filmmakers that are deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant,” and they are preserved by the Library of Congress. Up to 25 selections are added to the registry each year after the public nominates hundreds of titles. Chris Garlock of the DC Labor FilmFest and Jon Garlock of the Rochester (N.Y.) Labor Film series suggest nominating outstanding labor films for the registry.

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Top 5 Union Plus Benefit Advantages

Top 5 Union Plus Benefit Advantages

Union Plus is designed to serve the interests of working families by providing union members and their families with value, quality service and cost savings through unique products and services. Here are the top five benefits union members can get today.
 

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Musicians Blast NFL Pay-to-Play Scheme

Photo courtesy Anthony Quintano on Flickr

Normally, regardless of what the field you work in, you show up, you perform the tasks required of you, then you get paid for your work.  The National Football League (NFL) has a better idea: Show up, perform and you pay them.  At least that'’s its proposal for musicians who might play at halftime of the Lleague'’s biggest event, the Super Bowl. 

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K&P Carwasheros Ignore Intimidation, Organize Instead

Photo courtesy RWDSU

Despite attempts by both the ownership of the K&P Car Wash and the Association of Car Wash Owners to intimidate them, workers at the K&P Car Wash in New York voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), an affiliate of the United Food and Commercial Workers. K&P becomes the ninth car wash to unionize since a campaign was launched in 2012.

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12 Recent Victories for Workers in Raising Wages and Collective Bargaining

12 Recent Victories for Workers in Raising Wages and Collective Bargaining

While it certainly seems that extremists on the far right are waging an all out war on working families and their rights, workers aren't just defending themselves, they are fighting to expand their rights and are achieving some significant victories.  Here are 12 recent victories that we should celebrate while continuing to push for even more wins.

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our latest feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions, state federations 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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Not Just for Boys Anymore: Winners and Losers of the Week

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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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Five Reasons Walmart's New 'Commitment' to American Manufacturing is Nonsense

Five Reasons Walmart's New 'Commitment' to American Manufacturing is Nonsense

Walmart is hosting a manufacturing summit in Denver this week as part of its new program to supposedly invest in products made in America for its stores across the country. The retailer is claiming its new plan will invest $250 billion over the next decade and create 1 million jobs. We're not buying it.

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Trumka: Ferguson Tragedy Highlights Race and Class Divisions We Have Long Neglected

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to events in Ferguson, Missouri (after the jump). 

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our latest feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions, state federations 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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