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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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State Battles Roundup

Photo of the NY State Capitol, courtesy Wally Gobetz on Flickr

In many states, legislative sessions have recently ended or are about to end, which means tons of legislation, both good and bad, is moving, providing opportunities for working families and their allies to pass laws that will help make people's lives easier or stop laws that will make things worse. Here is a look at some of the key state battles that could be on the agenda this week or next.

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Make It a Union-Made Mother’s Day

Photo courtesy Nick Della Mora on Flickr

Mother’s Day is less than a week away (May 10), so you have no excuse for waiting until the last minute to find a nice tribute for mom that also carries the union label. Our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, can help you out.

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How About a $12 Minimum Wage? Winners and Losers of the Week

How About a $12 Minimum Wage? 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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New DVD Documents the Rise of UAW and One Family's Search for Social Justice

New DVD Documents the Rise of UAW and One Family's Search for Social Justice

As we celebrate May Day, a new documentary has been released that takes a look at the rise of the UAW. The film, "Brothers on the Line," also explores one family's crusade for social and economic justice. Learn more, and purchase the film online at www.BrothersOnTheLine.com/Buy.

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Amalgamated Bank and We Are One N.J. Team Up to Make Citizenship Easier for Aspiring Americans

Amalgamated Bank and We Are One N.J. Team Up to Make Citizenship Easier for Aspiring Americans

Amalgamated Bank, the largest majority union-owned bank in the United States, is teaming up with We Are One New Jersey to make it easier for aspiring Americans to apply for U.S. citizenship.  The new program will offer short-term, low-interest loans to legal U.S. residents who are unable to afford the $680 citizenship application fee. Borrowers will be offered below market interest rates and will have six months to repay the loans. We Are One New Jersey will offer the loan applications at their centers in Hudson and Union counties in May.  

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Trumka Sets the Record Straight on Fast Track

Trumka Sets the Record Straight on Fast Track

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sets the record straight when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Fast Track in this short audio clip. If you want to know what's really happening on the trade front, give it a listen.

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Widespread Coverage for Trumka's 'Raising Wages' Challenge to Presidential Candidates

Widespread Coverage for Trumka's 'Raising Wages' Challenge to Presidential Candidates

Yesterday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka challenged the 2016 presidential candidates to support a raising wages agenda and said there would be “no place to hide” for candidates who didn't stand up for working families. And voters around the country heard the message as media outlets across the country covered the story.

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Trumka: Our Thoughts and Prayers Go Out to Baltimore

Photo courtesy DPBirds on Flickr

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement about the events in Baltimore:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Baltimore, the injured police and especially the family of Freddie Gray. What is happening there reminds us of the challenges of inequality and unease in America that we must address.

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Union Women Help 'Spread the Word' About One of the Leading Killers of Women

Union Women Help 'Spread the Word' About One of the Leading Killers of Women

In celebration of National Women's Health Week, the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is teaming up with the Spread the Word campaign to increase awareness about the overlooked symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD), one of the leading killers of women worldwide. The campaign also is designed to inform women of testing options that help spot CAD early and improve medical outcomes. CAD kills more women than all cancers combined but is often harder to diagnose among women than men.

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Government Workers Are People, Too: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy the Federal-Postal Coalition

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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