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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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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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Hard Rock Band L.A. Guns Supports 'Fair Play Fair Pay' Act

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L.A. Guns, an influential hard rock/glam metal band, best known for hits like "The Ballad of Jayne" and "It's Over Now," has issued a statement in support of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015 and are headlining a gig in Los Angeles today in support of the legislation. The act would correct a glaring error in the way musicians are compensated for their work. As hard as it is to believe, artists are not paid when radio stations air their recordings in the United States, which makes us one of only five countries that allow this, along with China, Iran, North Korea and Rwanda.

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AFL-CIO Remains Committed to Raising Wages, Better Trade Policy, Racial Justice and a Just Immigration System

UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada speaks at the July 2015 AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting.

The AFL-CIO Executive Council issued several important policy statements at its July meeting. In addition to discussing policy priorities, the council met with five 2016 presidential candidates. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement last night (after the jump). 

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Medicare Plays Vital Role in Long-Term Financial Security of Working Families

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On today’s 50th anniversary of Medicare, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement.

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It's Past Time to Stop the Revolving Door Between Wall Street and Financial Regulators

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The job of U.S. financial regulators is a vitally important one. A well-regulated Wall Street is essential to create an economy that works for working people. Regulators protect the stability of financial markets and help us avoid crises. Because of the important role these regulators serve, it's vital that there be no conflict of interest when it comes to protecting the health of our economy and working families' investments. 

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