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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: Our Thoughts and Prayers Go Out to Baltimore

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement about the events in Baltimore:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Baltimore, the injured police and especially the family of Freddie Gray. What is happening there reminds us of the challenges of inequality and unease in America that we must address.

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Union Women Help 'Spread the Word' About One of the Leading Killers of Women

Union Women Help 'Spread the Word' About One of the Leading Killers of Women

In celebration of National Women's Health Week, the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is teaming up with the Spread the Word campaign to increase awareness about the overlooked symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD), one of the leading killers of women worldwide. The campaign also is designed to inform women of testing options that help spot CAD early and improve medical outcomes. CAD kills more women than all cancers combined but is often harder to diagnose among women than men.

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Government Workers Are People, Too: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy the Federal-Postal Coalition

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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Join Liz Shuler Tomorrow to Discuss the Student Debt Crisis

Join Liz Shuler Tomorrow to Discuss the Student Debt Crisis

On Tuesday, April 28, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, the executive director of Student Debt Crisis, Natalia Abrams, and special guests will be answering your questions about student debt and talking about solutions to the growing student debt crisis. The discussion begins at 3 p.m. EDT, and you can watch it on YouTube.

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11 Things You Need to Know About Safety for Workers Memorial Day

11 Things You Need to Know About Safety for Workers Memorial Day

Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year, the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and pay fair wages and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future.

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In the States Roundup

It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and central labor councils on Twitter.

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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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11 Ways Big Banks Make Life Harder for Working Families

A new report from the Center for Popular Democracy examines the ways that large financial institutions are helping dismantle the middle class and making life more difficult for working families. The top 10 banks alone bring in some $100 billion in annual profits, and a significant amount of that revenue is generated from sometimes unethical and questionable tactics that working families have a hard time fighting back against.

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Week of Action Against Fast Track Capped by Rally and March in D.C.

Photo courtesy Campaign for America's Future

On Monday, hundreds of workers and their allies rallied in front of the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., then marched to the U.S. Trade Representative's office in opposition to Fast Track trade legislation that would allow the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to pass with little oversight or public input. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was a featured speaker at the rally and joined AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen, political commentator Jim Hightower, Campaign for America's Future, National People's Action, Alliance for a Just Society, USAction and workers from numerous unions in the rally, which also featured a giant TPP Trojan horse.

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Fast-Tracking Fast Track: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Transport Workers 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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