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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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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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Make Your Barbecue Union-Made: The Working People Weekly List

Make Your Barbecue Union-Made: 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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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Announces First Completely Paperless Labor Walk

New Jersey State AFL-CIO Announces First Completely Paperless Labor Walk

Not that long ago, it seemed unrealistic to think that labor walks could be completed 100% electronically. But on Saturday, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) achieved that goal when the Mercer County Central Labor Council completed a walk without a single paper packet being distributed!

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Make It a Union-Made Memorial Day Barbecue

Make It a Union-Made Memorial Day Barbecue

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to the summer holiday season. While the day honors those who have given their lives defending the nation, the weekend also marks the start of grilling season. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start.

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Looks Like Overtime: 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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The Middle Class Is Shrinking: 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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Another New Trump Hypocrisy Exposed

Another New Trump Hypocrisy Exposed

Donald Trump has just blown a giant hole of hypocrisy in his own favorite stump speech. Not only is he an outsourcer himself, he’s also profiting off companies he trashes for doing it—notably Carrier and Oreo. Trump has proven once again that he’s guided entirely by his own interests, not the needs of working people. Investments in the parent companies for Carrier and Oreo are among the many findings by American Bridge in Donald Trump’s financial disclosure report. For 2015, Trump reported between $5,001 and $15,000 in interest from Mondelēz International, the parent company of Oreo. He also reported between $2,500 and $5,000 in interest from United Technologies, which owns Carrier.

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Report: U.S. $1.44 Trillion Short in Critical Infrastructure Spending

Report: U.S. $1.44 Trillion Short in Critical Infrastructure Spending

During national Infrastructure Week, metro riders in Washington, D.C., were the latest Americans to get an alarming reminder of how badly our infrastructure needs improvement when popular website FiveThirtyEight.com noted that trains in the nation's capital catch fire, on average, more than four times a week. Scan the local news across the country, in places like Flint, Michigan, for example, and you'll see other stories of crumbling infrastructure. These stories of collapsing bridges, trains on fire and undrinkable water are far from just annoyances, they are a clear sign that the safety and prosperity of America's working people is in danger without massive improvements.

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New Report Shows the Middle Class Is Shrinking Across the Country

New Report Shows the Middle Class Is Shrinking Across the Country

The shrinking of the middle class in the United States is something that you hear pundits talk about frequently. A new report from the Pew Research Center shows that problem is not just a real one, but one that is widely distributed across the country and is hurting not just the Rust Belt, Appalachia and the Deep South, but also hits nearly every metropolitan area in the country. Most importantly, the study shows that the rise of inequality is one of the key effects of the shrinking middle class.

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'Pregnancy Isn't Part of the Uniform': Winners and Losers of the Week

'Pregnancy Isn't Part of the Uniform': 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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