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Mike Hall

I’m a former West Virginia newspaper reporter, staff writer for the United Mine Workers Journal and managing editor of the Seafarers Log. I came to the AFL- CIO in 1989 and have written for several federation publications, focusing on legislation and politics, especially grassroots mobilization and workplace safety. When my collar was still blue, I carried union cards from the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers, American Flint Glass Workers and Teamsters for jobs in a chemical plant, a mining equipment manufacturing plant and a warehouse. I’ve also worked as roadie for a small-time country-rock band, sold my blood plasma and played an occasional game of poker to help pay the rent. You may have seen me at one of several hundred Grateful Dead shows. I was the one with longhair and the tie-dye. Still have the shirts, lost the hair.

California Nurses Ratify New Pact with Kaiser Permanente

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California registered nurses, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), who work at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics in northern and central California voted overwhelmingly (93%) to ratify a new three-year contract reached last week. The agreement covers 18,000 RNs and will give them a stronger voice on patient care and provide breakthrough improvements in workplace protections along with economic gains.

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Help Pick the Winner in IBEW Photo Contest

Help Pick the Winner in IBEW Photo Contest

The 15 finalists in the Electrical Workers (IBEW) annual photo contest have been selected, and you can choose who takes home the top honors. The photos, shot by IBEW linemen, electricians, railroad workers and more, often take place amid stunning natural beauty and eye-catching situations.

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Brooklyn Carwash Workers Join RWDSU

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Carwash workers at Vegas Auto Spa in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., voted unanimously to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), an affiliate of the United Food and Commercial Workers, on Jan. 24. They have been on strike since late November over what they claim are stolen wages and unsafe working conditions.

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It’s National Mentoring Month, and New York IBEW Local Shows How It’s Done

Erin Hill (center, front row) with members of the IBEW Local 3 mentoring program.

January is National Mentoring Month, and our friends at the Berger-Marks Foundation are highlighting the mentoring program that New York City Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 shop steward Erin Sullivan helped establish in the 11,000 member local in 2011.

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SAG-AFTRA Awards Honor ‘Birdman,’ ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Casts

SAG-AFTRA Awards Honor ‘Birdman,’ ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Casts

SAG-AFTRA honored outstanding motion picture and television performances at its annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremonies Jan. 25. Debbie Reynolds received the union's highest honor, the 51st annual Life Achievement Award.

Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards are selected solely by actors’ peers in SAG-AFTRA. Also, the SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members.

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Union-Made Super Bowl Party Shopping List

Union-Made Super Bowl Party Shopping List

On Super Bowl Sunday next week, some of our larger and faster union brothers—members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)—will be battling it out in Glendale, Ariz., at Super Bowl XLIX (49 for those of us who are shaky on Roman numerals).  While the Super Bowl carries a union label, from players to broadcast crews to stadium workers—your Super Bowl party spread can, too, with union-made in America food and drinks.

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McCain Amendment Could Scuttle U.S. Maritime Industry

This Jones Act tanker was built by U.S. workers at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego and launched in 2004. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO

While many lawmakers are focusing on creating, maintaining and even bringing back jobs to the United States, Sen. John McCain (R- Ariz.) is pushing legislation that threatens 400,000 U.S. shipbuilding, seafaring and supply chain jobs in the maritime industry.

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LIUNA, UAW Members Guests of First Lady at State of the Union

LIUNA, UAW Members Guests of First Lady at State of the Union

Two union members, one representing the benefits of union training and apprenticeship programs and the other the resurgence of the U.S. auto industry were guests of first lady Michelle Obama during last night’s State of the Union address.

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18,000 California Nurses Win Stronger Patient Care, Workplace Protections in New Kaiser Pact

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Some 18,000 California registered nurses, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), who work at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics are voting this week on a new contract. The agreement, reached after months of negotiations, will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care and provides breakthrough improvements in workplace protections.

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Trumka: Obama 'Forcefully Advocated for Working Families' in State of Union

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, "President Obama eloquently and forcefully advocated for working families throughout his State of the Union Address," last night. He also said:

The  president’s focus on raising wages through collective bargaining, better paying jobs, a fairer tax code, fair overtime rules, and expanded access to education and earned leave sent the right message at the right time.

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