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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 Demand Restoration of Voting Rights Act

Working Families Demand Restoration of Voting Rights Act

In Roanoke, Va., part of the district of Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R), working families joined with a broad coalition of activists and concerned Americans to demand restoration of the Voting Rights Act, key provisions of which were struck down by the Supreme Court two years ago. Here are some of the key tweets from those in attendance.

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Want to Reduce Your College Debt? Learn How from Our Union Plus Scholarship Winners

Want to Reduce Your College Debt? Learn How from Our Union Plus Scholarship Winners

There are many ways for union families to lessen the load of college loan debt. For example, taking courses at a community college before transferring to a more expensive college is a proven tactic. Another, taking AP classes in high school that qualify for college credits can save students a bundle. 

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Trumka Asserts King v. Burwell Decision an Important Victory

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell.

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Son and Aunt of ILA Member Killed in South Carolina Shooting

Son and Aunt of ILA Member Killed in South Carolina Shooting

Among the many lives touched by the tragic shooting in the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., were two members of the extended labor family. Tyrone Saunders, a Longshoremen (ILA) member, lost both his son, Tywanza Saunders, and aunt, Susan Jackson. ILA President Harold J. Daggett and district presidents Clyde Fitzgerald (South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District) and Dennis A. Daggett (Atlantic Coast District) issued the following statement.

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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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Help Make Sure Working Families Are Part of the Health Care Debate

Photo courtesy Common Dreams

Every year, Modern Healthcare magazine names the 100 most influential people in health care. The exposure of appearing on the list not only recognizes hard work or importance in the field, it also helps determine which voices get heard in the conversation. Modern Healthcare is asking for your input in determining the list, and it is often dominated by CEOs and politicians. 

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Trumka: Haley Needs to Go Beyond the Flag

Photo courtesy eyellam on Flickr

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) calling for the removal of the confederate flag from the state Capitol.

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A Fast Track to Nowhere: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy North Carolina's Union Movement 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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It's Not Just About Jobs, Hyundai, It's About Quality Jobs

It's Not Just About Jobs, Hyundai, It's About Quality Jobs

Workers at the Lear plant in Selma, Ala., make foam seat cushions for car manufacturer Hyundai. The plant just celebrated its 10-year anniversary and the media has been praising Hyundai for bringing jobs to the area. But the problem is that many of those jobs, particularly the supplier jobs, don't offer good wages or working conditions.

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Want to Fix the Economy? How About Addressing Mass Incarceration

In the latest video on how to improve the American economy, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich lays out the case that addressing the current problems with mass incarceration would be a good place to start. He says our unjust criminal system is racist, it's destructive, it doesn't make us safer and it's a disaster for our economy. Watch the video to learn more.

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