Shortcut Navigation:

AFL-CIO Now

Showing blog posts by Kenneth Quinnell

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.

Follow me on Twitter

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.

Read more and comment »

Working Families Stand in Support of Immigrant Workers’ Rights

Working Families Stand in Support of Immigrant Workers’ Rights

Working families, labor leaders and community activists sent a clear message on Wednesday: The labor movement will continue its efforts to build worker power for immigrants and will not wait for politicians or the courts to act. Speaking on the day before deferred action was scheduled to start, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined other leaders, including United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Executive Vice President Esther López, Bricklayers (BAC) President James Boland and National Day Laborer Organizing Network Director of Legislative Affairs Salvador Sarmiento, and immigrant workers who are members of UNITE HERE and the Ironworkers unions. Together, they vowed to defend the new deferred action programs and continue pushing for immigration reform with a road map to citizenship, while raising grave concerns about enforcement programs that undermine workers’ rights and destroy communities. 

Read more and comment »

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Yuri Kochiyama

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Yuri Kochiyama

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. Today we honor Yuri Kochiyama.

Read more and comment »

Make It a Union-Made Memorial Day Barbecue

Make It a Union-Made Memorial Day Barbecue

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to the summer holiday season. While the day honors those who have given their lives defending the nation, the weekend also marks the start of grilling season. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start. 

Read more and comment »

Raising Wages Champion Jim Kenney Wins Philadelphia Mayoral Primary

Raising Wages Champion Jim Kenney Wins Philadelphia Mayoral Primary

Jim Kenney, a former union dishwasher and son of a firefighter, won the Democratic primary in Philadelphia after running a campaign as a strong raising wages champion. Once considered a long shot to win the primary, Kenney's victory joins a growing list of candidates who win elections by focusing on lifting workers up and creating pathways to the American Dream. In 2013, union member Marty Walsh won the Boston mayoral race and Bill de Blasio won in New York City after similarly advocating strongly on behalf of working families.

Read more and comment »

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Jose Antonio Vargas

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Jose Antonio Vargas

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. Today we honor Jose Antonio Vargas.

Read more and comment »

Reese Witherspoon Said What? Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Reese Witherspoon on Twitter

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.

Read more and comment »

Union Sportsmen Raise $75,000 for Conservation Efforts

USA’s third annual SMART New Jersey Sporting Clays Shoot set a new participation record with 125 shooters and guests.

Building on previous years' success, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) third annual SMART New Jersey Sporting Clays Shoot raised $75,000, shattering the previous year's total by $10,000. The event, held in Port Republic, N.J., included 125 shooters and guests; and proceeds will go to USA's conservation efforts. Among the record number of participants were 14 active duty and retired service members and five youth.

Read more and comment »

State Battles Roundup

Photo courtesy WFIU Public Radio on Flickr

In many states, legislative sessions have ended recently or are about to end and local governments are often active year-round. This means tons of legislation, both good and bad, is moving, providing opportunities for working families and their allies to pass laws that will help make people's lives easier or stop laws that will make things worse. Here is a look at some of the key state battles that recently have passed or could be on the agenda this week or next.

Read more and comment »

APWU Day of Action Calls for 'Good Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!'

APWU Day of Action Calls for 'Good Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!'

On Thursday, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and its allies participated in more than 120 events in 45 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The events rallied supporters in opposition to plans to privatize postal service and close offices and in support of good jobs, a good contract and the workers' ability to provide good service for customers. Actor Danny Glover has been a spokesperson for the campaign and continues his support today.

Read more and comment »

Online Community

Connect With Us

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Flickr

Get Email from AFL-CIO


Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 235246 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 235246 for more information.

Blogs

Join Us Online