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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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Here's a Roundup of What Workers Are Doing in the States

Here's a Roundup of What Workers Are Doing in the States

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 labor councils on Twitter.

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Black History Month Labor Profiles: Fannie Lou Hamer

Black History Month Labor Profiles: Fannie Lou Hamer

During Black History Month, we will be profiling past and present leaders in the intersecting movements to protect and expand the rights of African Americans and working families. We'll highlight both important leaders of the past and those who are continuing the legacy of those strong leaders who laid the foundation for the present.Today, we take a look at Fannie Lou Hamer.

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Wisconsin Rallies Set to Stop ‘Right to Work’ Fast Track—Here’s How You Can Help

Wisconsin Rallies Set to Stop ‘Right to Work’ Fast Track—Here’s How You Can Help

The news from Wisconsin, during Gov. Scott Walker's era, is once again bad for working families. The legislature is not only planning to introduce "right to work" legislation this week, it intends to Fast Track it, and Walker said he intends to sign it. Before we get into the reasons why right to work is wrong for Wisconsin (and everywhere else), here are a few steps you can take right now if you care about the future of Wisconsin and its workers.

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The Power of the Podium: Winners and Losers of the Week

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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Black History Month Labor Profiles: A. Philip Randolph

Black History Month Labor Profiles: A. Philip Randolph

During Black History Month, we will be profiling past and present leaders in the intersecting movements to protect and expand the rights of African Americans and working families. We'll highlight both important leaders of the past and those who are continuing the legacy of those strong leaders who laid the foundation for the present. Today, we take a look at A. Philip Randolph.

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Postal Workers and Postal Service Open Talks

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the U.S. Postal Service began negotiations Thursday over a new contract, the first time the two have bargained in four and a half [KRC1] years. Heading into the negotiations, the USPS has a new postmaster general, Megan Brennan. Postal workers are calling not only for fair wages and benefits, but for longer and more convenient hours for customers. APWU has also endorsed a series of bold improvements, including postal banking, public notary services and the sale of licenses.

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Fairpoint Workers to Vote on Tentative Agreement

Photo via Fairness@FairPoint

After a 17-week strike that began in October, unions representing workers at FairPoint Communications have reached a tentative agreement with the company to go back to work. Following six weeks of federally mediated negotiations, the two sides agreed on a deal that members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) will vote on starting today. Member briefings will be held before the votes. If the deal is approved, workers will return to their jobs on Wednesday

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Labor Communications Association Launches New Resource-Filled Website

Labor Communications Association Launches New Resource-Filled Website

The International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) has revamped its website with a great new look and plenty of resources for those reporting on issues important to working families. The goal is to provide communicators with everything they need to get their message out in the best way possible.  The site is a hub of tools, training resources and inspiration for communicators—from the most experienced to those new to the labor movement.  As they describe the site, "Chances are, if you have a question, or need some information, the answer is on our website."

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Black History Month Labor Profiles: Keith Richardson

Black History Month Labor Profiles: Keith Richardson

During Black History Month, we will be profiling past and present leaders in the intersecting movements to protect and expand the rights of African Americans and working families. We'll highlight both important leaders of the past and those who are continuing the legacy of those strong leaders who laid the foundation for the present. Today, we take a look at Keith Richardson.

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Brooklyn Cablevision Workers Ratify Contract with 'Significant' Pay Increases

Photo courtesy of CableVision99's Facebook page

Cablevision workers in Brooklyn, N.Y., have voted to ratify their first contract. Included in the agreement are significant wage increases and more job security. More than 260 employees are part of the new contract and are the only Cablevision employees who are unionized.

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