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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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Trumka: 'We Deserve Better' Than Donald Trump's Racism

As Donald Trump maintains a high standing in Republican primary polls, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had to speak out about the reality TV star's negative campaign that includes racism, attacks on workers and attempts to divide Americans and treat them differently because of their religion. In Trumka's words, "We deserve better."

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Still No Love for Labor in China: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy the All-China Federation of Trade Unions

We're back! 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 people or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families or working people who have fought for or won a significant victory. The losers will be whomever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights or the working people who have lost a right or a battle for expanding or keeping their rights. 

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The AFL-CIO's Top 10 Most-Read Stories of 2015

The AFL-CIO's Top 10 Most-Read Stories of 2015

It's been a busy year here on the AFL-CIO Now blog where we try to cover the issues that are important to working people. The stories, from TPP to anti-worker rhetoric from presidential candidates and governors to the growing momentum in efforts to organize workers, raise wages and expand the collective voice of working people, that most affect working families. Here are the 10 stories that were most read by you, our readers.

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22 Resolutions Passed at the Recent CLUW Convention

22 Resolutions Passed at the Recent CLUW Convention

The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) held its 18th Biennial Convention in November. Among the wide array of activities during the convention, the delegates passed numerous resolutions related to issues that affect and concern women in the workforce. 

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Trumka: Seattle Ride-Share Vote Is 'Progress' in On-Demand Economy

Photo courtesy Alfredo Mendez on Flickr

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to yesterday’s vote by the Seattle City Council allowing drivers for “ride-share” companies such as Uber and Lyft to organize.

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Trumka: Federal Reserve Rate Hike Wrong Decision for Working People

In anticipation of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement.

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The Working People Weekly List

The Working People Weekly List

Every Sunday, 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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How the TPP Trade Agreement Would Undermine Human Rights Across the Globe

Photo courtesy Sue Waters on Flickr

Human Rights Day is observed every year on Dec. 10. It commemorates the day that the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, which was later supplemented by adoption of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Today, these global compacts form the backbone of international human rights norms, including the rights to freedom of expression, to self-determination, to peacefully assemble and to the freedom of association.

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Menards Is Rewriting the Book on Anti-Worker Tactics

Menards Is Rewriting the Book on Anti-Worker Tactics

We thought we'd seen everything in the book of tricks used by management to prevent workers from organizing on the job, but Wisconsin-based home improvement chain Menards is going above and beyond. The employment agreement for managers at the chain threatens managers with a 60% pay cut if a union forms under their supervision.

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Walmart's Policies Have Sent 400,000 Jobs to China

Walmart's Policies Have Sent 400,000 Jobs to China

Walmart's policies have sent 400,000 jobs to China since 2001, a new report conservatively estimates. The report from the Economic Policy Institute describes the process through which Walmart, the world's largest retailer, serves as a key conduit of Chinese products being introduced to the American market.

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