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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 Families Ask to Read Text of TPP; Trade Rep. Locks the Door

Today, America's working families asked some big questions of supporters of Fast Track trade authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). At 10 a.m., working families, labor leaders, members of Congress and community allies gathered at the AFL-CIO headquarters, behind the White House, and unveiled a giant banner with two simple requests.

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This Map Makes It Pretty Clear Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage

This Map Makes It Pretty Clear Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage

A pretty standard way of measuring housing affordability used by economic experts is that you should pay about 30% of your income on rent. That leaves you with enough income to cover other important costs such as food, clothing, medical care, etc. But a new report from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition shows that in 2015, the minimum wage isn't enough to cover the rent for a one-bedroom apartment in any state in the union. Seems like we need a raise, right?

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Possible Justice for Rana Plaza? Winners and Losers of the Week

Possible Justice for Rana Plaza? 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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Stand with Postal Workers and Tell the Postmaster General to Do the Same

Stand with Postal Workers and Tell the Postmaster General to Do the Same

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is asking everyone to show their support for postal workers and a vibrant, public U.S. Postal Service. In support of that goal, APWU is asking supporters to fill out an online postcard that they will print out and mail to Postmaster General Megan Brennan. 

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Reich: Want to Fix the Economy? Strengthen Unions

In the latest video in his series on how to fix the economy, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich argues that stronger unions are a critical component. Unions, Reich explains, are key to increasing stagnant wages and boosting a shrinking middle class.

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In the States Roundup

In the States Roundup

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 central labor councils on Twitter.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Deepa Iyer

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Deepa Iyer

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. For the last week of our monthlong celebration, we honor a contemporary activist on the rise: Deepa Iyer.

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Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute and Think Progress 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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Thank You, Chris Christie: Winners and Losers of the Week

Thank You, Chris Christie: 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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Robert Reich: How to Reinvent Education

In the latest video in his “Ideas to Save the Economy” series, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich gives numerous suggestions on how to fix the problems our education system faces, something that would benefit people across the economic spectrum.

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