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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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July Jobs Report: Unemployment Steady, Wages Stagnant

The economy added 215,000 jobs in July and unemployment stayed unchanged from June's 5.3%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The number of jobs added in May was revised upward from 254,000 to 260,00, and for June, the number was revised from 223,000 to 231,000.

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The Stories Behind Flight Attendants' Organizing Efforts at JetBlue

Flight attendants at JetBlue Airlines are organizing for a vote to be represented by the Transport Workers (TWU) and in the latest video from the union, we hear the compelling stories of the flight attendants and why they are organizing. To read more about the campaign, visit the organizing site for the flight attendants.

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Trumka: Voting Rights Act is Crucial to Ensuring Every Voice is Heard at the Ballot Box

Trumka: Voting Rights Act is Crucial to Ensuring Every Voice is Heard at the Ballot Box

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in honor of the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Voting Rights Act.

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Trumka: New SEC Rule Will Expose Whether CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio Is Out of Balance

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In an op-ed for CNN, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discusses the importance of increasing transparency in what companies pay their CEOs. He says that something is "terribly wrong" in the way our system currently works and that, at a minimum, the first step toward improving the situation is to reduce the secrecy around what these big corporations are doing. 

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Guardian U.S. Writers Vote to Join The NewsGuild-CWA

Last week, writers and staff members of the Guardian's U.S. office voted unanimously to join The NewsGuild-CWA. Recent weeks have seen a flurry in successful organizing activity at digital media outlets, with Salon and Gawker also having similar votes.

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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 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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Salon Recognizes Editorial Staff Move to Join Writers Guild of America, East

Editorial staff at Salon.com, the progressive digital media news company, voted unanimously to unionize, and Salon's management has agreed to recognize the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), as the collective bargaining representative for those staffers. Workers voted to unionize last month, and negotiations for the first collective bargaining agreement for Salon's editorial staff is expected to begin promptly, according to WGAE. 

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Scott Walker Doesn't Want Wisconsin Workers to Have a Living Wage

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That's the only logical conclusion to reconcile the facts. On “Fox & Friends,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one of the leading Republican presidential candidates, was asked by host Brian Kilmeade whether or not he thought the minimum wage should be a living wage. Walker responded...

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Chris Christie Is Violently Wrong: 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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'Make My Labor Day' Sweepstakes for Union Members

'Make My Labor Day' Sweepstakes for Union Members

Union members built this country and our dedication keeps it running. To celebrate the folks who make America possible, Union Plus is bringing Labor Day back to its roots. It’s time to show our appreciation and cook up a little fun in the process.

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