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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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Ohio: Join Sherrod Brown, Tim Ryan and Marcy Kaptur to Fight Fast Track

Ohio: Join Sherrod Brown, Tim Ryan and Marcy Kaptur to Fight Fast Track

As Congress continues to debate Fast Track trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), members of Ohio's congressional delegation are stepping up and calling for trade policies that are open and transparent and protect things that Ohioans and Americans care about: democracy, jobs, the environment and the Internet. While Fast Track and TPP are being negotiated in secret, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D), Rep. Tim Ryan (D) and Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga are taking their case directly to the people of Ohio. Like most Ohio residents, they want trade policies that keep manufacturing jobs in the United States.

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular 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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Want to Increase Women's Influence in the Labor Movement? Here's How

Want to Increase Women's Influence in the Labor Movement? Here's How

The Cornell University Worker Institute and the Berger-Marks Foundation have released a new report with detailed advice and real-world tools that can be used to create women's committees in labor unions and worker-centered organizations. The publication, A Guide to Organizing Women’s Committees: Everything You Need to Know to Make a Difference, provides step-by-step methods for the development and implementation of women's committees. And if your organization already has a women's committee, the guide easily can be used to help existing committees expand and grow. The report is filled with good information on program ideas and strategies for community outreach.

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The Next Scott Walker: 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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Speaking Out Against Bad Trade Deals

More and more Americans are speaking out against the potential dangers of international trade deals for working families. Here are two great recent examples of this for your reading pleasure.

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Discover the Union-Made Side of Los Angeles

Discover the Union-Made Side of Los Angeles

With so many companies following the Walmart model of pursuing policies that put profits for the 1% above the needs of working families, it's a challenge to use your own spending decisions to protect and expand the middle class. But Labor 411 is on the job and they keep making your job easier. Today marks the release of the seventh edition of Labor 411 Los Angeles!

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The Serious Republican Presidential Candidates Are Scrambling to See Who Hates the Minimum Wage the Most

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During a stop in South Carolina this week, former Florida Gov. (and potential Republican presidential candidate) Jeb Bush came out in opposition to the federal minimum wage.  Although his spokespeople later dialed back the rhetoric, Bush initially said...

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Unions Trying to Save the U.S. Postal Service

Unions Trying to Save the U.S. Postal Service

In recent years, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been under attack from Republicans in Congress and elsewhere who are trying to privatize the constitutionally required service to benefit wealthy campaign donors with the support of anti-government extremists. The men and women who work at the USPS, and their unions, however, are fighting back.

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Education Company Pearson Spies on Students' Social Media Accounts

Education Company Pearson Spies on Students' Social Media Accounts

While Pearson doesn't publish George Orwell's "1984," it sure seems like the education publishing and testing giant is using the classic novel as a blueprint for running its testing programs these days. Ostensibly to prevent cheating, Pearson has been spying on the social media accounts of students and reporting activity they find as questionable to local school administrators, according to recent news stories. The story broke when the superintendent of a New Jersey school emailed her colleagues after discovering the monitoring. The AFT has since reacted with shock and is calling upon Pearson to end the practice.

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Solidarity Produces Results: Winners and Losers of the Week

Solidarity Produces Results: 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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