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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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Scott Walker Doesn't Like the Minimum Wage or Voting Rights: Winners and Losers of the Week

Scott Walker Doesn't Like the Minimum Wage or Voting Rights: 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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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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Why Dan Sullivan Is Wrong for Alaska's Workers

Alaska has a long history of politicians who fight for the state and it's working families. Alaska's workers and unions have long supported candidates of either party when that candidate was the best choice. But Dan Sullivan isn't one of those politicians. On issue after issue, Sullivan has sided against Alaskans in favor of supporting special interests, and he won't join the long bipartisan tradition of fighting for Alaskans.

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Show Your Support for Philadelphia Teachers

Show Your Support for Philadelphia Teachers

Thousands of members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT), other local labor union members, parents, students, community groups and elected leaders are taking to the streets today to fight back against actions taken by Gov. Tom Corbett and Mayor Nutter’s cronies to further dismantle and defund the Philadelphia public school system. In a shocking example of what happens when anti-worker politicians get elected, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers lost their contract last week through a unilateral decision by Gov. Corbett’s and Mayor Nutter’s appointees.

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Trumka: We Need to Replace Mass Incarceration with Mass Employment

Trumka: We Need to Replace Mass Incarceration with Mass Employment

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke in Los Angeles today in support of the “Yes on 47” campaign. Prop. 47, which will be on the ballot in November, would reduce the classification of some low-level nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. The crimes addressed by the proposal include things like minor drug possession and petty theft. Organized labor is a strong supporter of the proposition, as noted in Trumka's speech today at Homeboy Industries.

Read more from Labor's Edge, the California Federation of Labor's blog. 

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Working Families to Join 'Justice for All' March in Ferguson

In September, when AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke to the convention of the Missouri AFL-CIO, he addressed the recent events in Ferguson, Mo., that led to the shooting of Michael Brown, saying that it was important for labor to be a part of the necessary conversation about race in the United States. Now the AFL-CIO, including the federation's director of civil, human and women's rights, Carmen Berkley, and Neidi Dominguez, assistant director of community engagement, will be in Missouri this weekend as part of the "Justice for All" events, including a national march and rally in St. Louis and Moral Monday-themed civil disobedience.

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Foley Wants Connecticut to Follow the Walmart Health Care Example

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Tom Foley is one of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections, and he keeps making that very clear. As reporter Ken Dixon tweeted (see above), Foley recently said that the state of Connecticut should handle its health care the same way corporations such as Walmart do. People who pay attention already know how ludicrous that statement is, but it is particularly bad coming on the day Walmart cut health care for 30,000 part-time workers and raised premiums on all 1.2 million of its employees participating in the company's health care plan.

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4 Key Reasons Why Dan Sullivan Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

4 Key Reasons Why Dan Sullivan Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Dan Sullivan, who is running for U.S. Senate in Alaska.

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A Tale of Two Dans

Alaska AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami gives you the lowdown on two of his state's worst Dans. Dan Sullivan is an extreme right-wing Republican running for lieutenant governor. We also have another Dan Sullivan, who is an extreme right-wing Republican running for U.S. Senate.  No, you aren't confused, there are two extreme right-wing Dan Sullivans trying to take away the rights of Alaska's working families.

In Alaska? Text AK to 235246 for important updates about the election. 

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In Stockton, Calif., Investment House Franklin Templeton Eviscerates Pensions

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In the Los Angeles Times, Michael Hiltzik lays out the tale of how investment house Franklin Templeton Investments is attempting to gut the pensions of 2,400 retirees from the city of Stockton. The city has been involved in bankruptcy proceedings recently, and Franklin Templeton is trying to further cut pensions that already have faced cuts in recent years.

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