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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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Take Action: The Final Countdown Has Begun

Take Action: The Final Countdown Has Begun

As the time between now and polls closing on Tuesday turns from days to hours to minutes, turnout by working families is going to be the deciding factor in numerous states. That means every phone call you make between now and midnight on Tuesday (when the last polls close in Alaska, a key state) puts us closer to preventing a government shutdown, impeachment of the president and an increased assault on the rights of working families.

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Join the AFL-CIO for Special Election Day Tweet Chats!

Join the AFL-CIO for Special Election Day Tweet Chats!

Election Day on Tuesday will be a busy day, with so much information coming in, it'll be a challenge to sift through all the details and figure out what it all means for working families. Luckily, we've got that stuff covered for you. Join us on Twitter for three Tweet chats throughout the day that will help you understand what all the results mean and get plugged into Election Day activities. 

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Mike Michaud, Mark Schauer Among Hundreds of Union Member Candidates Running for Office

Photo courtesy Bernard Pollack

Hundreds of union members are running for elective office this year. Some are first-timers running for local office. Others are incumbents seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate. We've examined a few of these brave individuals willing to fight for working families, such as Mike Michaud (running for Maine governor), Mark Schauer (running for Michigan governor) and  Don Norcross (running for New Jersey's 1st Congressional District). Here are a few other key races where union members are running.

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United We Dream's Christina Jimenez Wins 2014 Edna Award

Photo courtesy the Berger-Marks Foundation

The managing director of United We Dream, Cristina Jimenez, won the 2014 Edna Award, which honors women ages 35 or younger who are leaders in the social justice movement. The award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, is named for Edna Berger, the first woman organizer of The Newspaper Guild. Jimenez was an important leader in the fight that led to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

OK, so you've researched the candidates and figured out which ones are the best for working families. And you've either voted early or made a plan to vote. But you just don't feel like you've done enough to make sure that Tuesday's election doesn't turn into a nightmare scenario where Republicans shut down the government or take away workers' rights. What can you do?

Sign up for a shift and start making calls now and help make sure that election night is a good night for working families!

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4 Important Things You Should Know if You're Voting in Colorado

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Election Day is this Tuesday, Nov. 4. There are a lot of important races for working families across the country—and Colorado is a key state. Here are four important things you need to know if you are voting in Colorado.

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature that takes 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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You'd Better Check Your Registration in Georgia: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Crownjewel82 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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New Report: Americans Support Expanding Social Security Benefits

New Report: Americans Support Expanding Social Security Benefits

A new report from the National Academy of Social Insurance, Americans Make Hard Choices on Social Security, takes a comprehensive look at public attitudes about the nation's retirement security program and finds broad support both for the program and for commonsense solutions to strengthen and expand the program in future years.

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Real Men and Women Wear Pink

Real Men and Women Wear Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, as always, the Fire Fighters (IAFF) union is taking up the challenge to raise awareness by wearing pink. Over at the IAFF website, they've gathered a nice round-up of pictures of firefighters in pink, with pink fire trucks and pink ribbons on firehouses.

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