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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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Democracy in Action: 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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Outsiders Behind Kentucky 'Right to Work' Push

Park Hills, Ky., resident and airline pilot Stuart Morrison recently wrote a great op-ed for Cincinnati.com ripping apart the push for "right to work" in his home state by outsiders with an agenda that doesn't help Kentucky. Take a look.

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Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute, Think Progress and Robert Reich have released important research, news and commentary about the economy recently. Here's a look at some of the key facts they have uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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Workers Are Not Terrorists: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Matt Baran on Flickr

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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Don't Forget About Fast Track

While much of the Internet this week was focused on escaped llamas, figuring out what color a dress is or mourning the loss of SAG-AFTRA member and Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, we can forget that legislation is still being pushed that would make the lives of working families worse. Whether it be the "right to work" policies pushed by the allies of Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), who likes to compare workers to terrorists, and in other states like New Mexico and West Virginia, or the ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership using the Fast Track process, we need to stay alert.

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We Have a Winner! Scott Walker Is the Worst Governor in America

Photo courtesy Gateway Technical College on Flickr

With a list of horrible governors across the country, including Sam Brownback (Kan.), Chris Christie (N.J.), Nikki Haley (S.C.), Bobby Jindal (La.), John Kasich (Ohio), Paul LePage (Maine), Rick Snyder (Mich.) and Rick Scott (Fla.), and up-and-comers like Asa Hutchinson (Ark.) and Bruce Rauner (Ill.), it's hard to imagine how Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.) could rise to the top of the heap. And it is a pretty big heap. But that's just what he's done with his latest comments, comparing working families to terrorists in the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. And knowing how Republican primary voters think, Walker probably just shot to the top of the party's presidential contender list, too.

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Wisconsin Republicans Take Another Step Toward Silencing Workers and Decreasing Wages

Late Wednesday night, the Wisconsin state Senate voted 17–15 to advance a "right to work" bill that has been widely criticized as harmful to the working families of the state. Thousands rallied outside the Capitol on Tuesday and Wednesday in opposition to the legislation, as similar laws have been shown to have widespread negative effects in the other states that have passed them. Republicans Fast Tracked the bill in order to limit public discussion and feedback, and the bill is expected to be voted on by the state Assembly next week. If it passes, it will be sent to Gov. Scott Walker (R) who has indicated he will sign it.

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Black History Month Labor Profiles: Rachel Bryan

Black History Month Labor Profiles: Rachel Bryan

During Black History Month, we will be profiling past and present leaders in the intersecting movements to protect and expand the rights of African Americans and working families. We'll highlight both important leaders of the past and those who are continuing the legacy of those strong leaders who laid the foundation for the present.

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Wisconsin Republicans Silence Debate to Advance 'Right to Work' Bill

Photo courtesy Wisconsin AFL-CIO on Flickr

UPDATE, Feb. 26: The Wisconsin State Senate approved the right to work bill 17-15 late Wednesday night. Thousands of workers, community supporters and others rallied outside the Capitol earlier in the day to protest the bill and later packed the Senate chambers for the floor debate and vote. The bill now goes to the State Assembly for vote likely next week. We’ll bring you more details later today.

Wisconsin Republicans, led by state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) and state Sen. Steve Nass (R), have made it abundantly clear this week that they don't care about the voices of their state's working families. They had previously made it clear that they didn't care about the rights of working families. On Tuesday, Nass shut down debate on a proposed "right to work" bill, with hundreds of Wisconsin workers still waiting to testify about the bill. Nass previously admitted that the Fast Track process through which the bill was brought up was intentionally designed to limit public protests. But thousands gathered at the state House in protest of the legislature's actions, with more planned rallies already set to go. The Senate Labor Committee advanced the bill on a party-line vote, and it now goes to the full floor for a vote.

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Here's a Roundup of What Workers Are Doing in the States

Here's a Roundup of What Workers Are Doing in the States

It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and labor councils on Twitter.

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