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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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Report: Working Women in the U.S. Have Less than 40 Minutes of Personal Time a Day

Report: Working Women in the U.S. Have Less than 40 Minutes of Personal Time a Day

new report released by the AFL-CIO reveals that more than half of working women spend less than four hours a week on themselves after fulfilling their work and caregiving responsibilities. The report is based on the results of a survey on women, which received nearly 25,000 responses from union and nonunion women across the country.

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Modernization of Chicago Transit to Be Completed by Chicago's Working People

Modernization of Chicago Transit to Be Completed by Chicago's Working People

The Chicago Transit Board awarded a contract this week to CSR Sifang America JV to build the newest generation of Chicago Transit Authority rail cars as part of the city's modernization program. CSR has pledged to build a new rail car assembly facility in Chicago, the first new assembly of its kind in 35 years. The investment of $40 million is expected to generate 170 jobs, while also reducing maintenance costs and reducing power use through the use of more efficient technology.

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Senate Should Schedule Hearing and Vote on Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

Senate Should Schedule Hearing and Vote on Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Flint Families Come to Washington to Demand Answers and Solutions from Rick Snyder

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) will soon be in Washington, D.C., to give testimony to the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee about the Flint water crisis. But he won't be the only one arriving in the nation's capital to talk about his disgrace. Five Flint, Mich., families coping with the aftermath of the crisis also will be in Washington to share their stories. AFL-CIO and the community group Flint Rising are working to ensure these families have their voices heard, too.

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The Poster Child for Corporate Greed: Winners and Losers of the Week

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights.

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Trumka: Trump Would Make Life 'Exponentially Worse' for Working People

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke recently about the dangers of the Donald Trump (R) presidential campaign, in an op-ed in the Providence Journal and an appearance on “Matter of Fact with Fernando Espuelas.”

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The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

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Construction Unions Help Wounded Veteran Renovate Virginia Home

Construction Unions Help Wounded Veteran Renovate Virginia Home

Last weekend, Washington, D.C.-area construction unions worked with the Wounded Warrior Project to renovate the Virginia home of a veteran wounded while serving in the Iraq War. Marine Cpl. Brandon Burns was wounded by sniper fire in Al Falluja, Iraq, in 2004, and the left side of his body has been paralyzed since. Now the man who paid a big cost in service of his country is getting much-needed renovations to his home.

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Trumka: Bad Trade Deals Kill American Jobs

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In an op-ed that appeared in USA Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka explained why voters are so mad in this election.

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ITUC Report: Investment in Caregivers Would Boost Economy and Women in the Workforce

ITUC Report: Investment in Caregivers Would Boost Economy and Women in the Workforce

A new study from the International Trade Union Confederation shows that investing in the care economy in seven countries would create 21 million jobs and address other problems related to aging populations and economic stagnation. The analysis looked at Australia, Denmark, German, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and found that an investment of just 2% of GDP would narrow the gender pay gap, reduce overall inequality and lower barriers to women's participation in the workforce.

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