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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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Yet Another Reason Mitch McConnell Is Bad for Working Families: Right to Work

We previously told you about 11 reasons why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is bad for working families. Seems we left out a pretty big one—right to work. Along with his fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Rand Paul, McConnell introduced an amendment to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would have established a national "right to work" law.

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Los Angeles Hotel Workers Win $15.37 Living Wage

Los Angeles Hotel Workers Win $15.37 Living Wage

In a vote that establishes one of the highest living wages in the country, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12–3 to establish a $15.37 minimum wage for hotel workers. The historic victory was the culmination of two years in a row of hard work by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), UNITE HERE Local 11 and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and organizers say it will lift up many working families living in difficult financial situations while the L.A. hotel and tourism industries are booming. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor said that this victory sets the stage for a broader minimum wage increase.

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6 Reasons Why Bob Beauprez Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

6 Reasons Why Bob Beauprez 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 Bob Beauprez, who is running for governor in Colorado.

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Five Reasons Why Tom Foley Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

Tom Foley

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 Tom Foley, who is running for governor in Connecticut.

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Hey, Alaska, Here's How You Can Make a Big Difference (Be the Bear)

The latest video from Alaska AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami lays out the consequences of the November elections in the country's northernmost state. He calls upon Alaskans to step up and help make sure that working family candidates win by knocking on doors, making phone calls and talking to their friends, neighbors and co-workers.

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11 Reasons Why Mitch McConnell 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 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

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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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The End of the NLRB as We Know It? Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy: UNITE HERE Local 8

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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Vote! Vote! Vote!: A Q&A with the Koch Sisters

Pictured Left to Right: Karen Koch, Richard Trumka, Joyce Koch

Joyce and Karen Koch, aka the "Koch Sisters," (not related to each other but sisters where it counts) came to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with lawmakers to talk about working families' issues—and several taxi drivers, members of Teamsters, were thrilled when the sisters hailed down their cab after seeing their commercials on MSNBC

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7 Reasons Mark Begich Is a Candidate Who Cares About Working Families

Photo courtesy Bernard Pollack on Flickr

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 for candidates who support policies that protect or expand our rights, raise wages and work for an economy that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy few. We're going to focus our spotlight on some of the key candidates who care about working families, and one of those candidates is Mark Begich, who is running for U.S. Senate in Alaska.

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