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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: House Bill Would Lead to Further Exploitation of Immigrant Workers

In response to a Republican bill that would block executive action on immigration reform, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement.

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Chicago to Raise Minimum Wage to $13 Per Hour

Photo courtesy Action Now

In the wake of federal and state inaction, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) recently proposed raising the minimum wage within the city limits to $13 per hour. A key City Council committee advanced the measure on a 16–3 vote Monday and the broader council passed it 44–5 Tuesday. The current wage of $8.25 will move to $10 early next year and will rise in increments until it reaches the full $13 in 2019.

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San Francisco Leads the Way on Fair Scheduling with Retail Workers Bill of Rights

Photo courtesy Jobs With Justice

The city of San Francisco has taken a big step in the right direction by passing the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which will end abusive scheduling practices and improve work environments for more than 40,000 workers at 1,250 locations in the city. The bill still has to be signed by the mayor, but workers and advocates are confident it will become law. By taking this big step, nearly half of the city's workers in the related industries will have their lives improved.

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our latest feature, 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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Standing Up on Black Friday: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Don Barrett 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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Register Now for the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

Register Now for the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

As we approach the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and the accomplishments of the civil rights movement, it will soon be time for the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference, which will be held from Jan. 15–19 in Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

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Take Action Today--Stand With Walmart Workers!

Take Action Today--Stand With Walmart Workers!

Today is Black Friday, and Walmart workers and their supporters across the country are calling on the mega-retailer to put an end to retaliation against workers who speak out for better pay and working conditions. There are several ways you can show your solidarity today and help Walmart workers get their fair share of the billions in profits the Walton family earns every year from the hard work of their employees.

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Trumka: Labor Movement Proudly Stands With Walmart Workers on Black Friday

Trumka: Labor Movement Proudly Stands With Walmart Workers on Black Friday

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement of solidarity with the Walmart workers who are striking on Black Friday (after the jump).

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Trumka on Ferguson: We Cannot Deny the Perception That the System Is Not Yet Color Blind

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in reaction to the grand jury decision in the shooting case of Michael Brown.

 

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5 Ways Walmart Avoids Paying Taxes and Is Scheming to Pay Even Less

A new report from Americans for Tax Fairness, How Walmart is Dodging Billions in Taxes: And Scheming to Avoid Billions More, details the ways that Walmart avoids paying $1 billion in taxes a year and is spending massive amounts of money so it can pay even less in taxes. The largest retailer in the country is owned by the richest family in the country and faces constant criticism for paying workers wages so low that many of its employees can't make ends meet.

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