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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.

San Diego City Council Overrides Minimum Wage/Paid Sick Days Veto

Bill Walton addresses "Don't Sign It" rally.  Raise Up San Diego photo.

The San Diego City Council Monday voted to override Mayor Keven Faulconer’s veto of the recently passed ordinance that boosted the city’s minimum wage and requires employers to provide paid sick days to workers.  But some business owners have mounted a campaign to overturn the law. 

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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San Francisco Taxi Workers Vote to Unionize

Photo by Lynn Friedman/Flckr Creative Commons

San Francisco taxi drivers last week voted to form the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance (SFTWA) and affiliate with the National Taxi Workers Alliance (NTWA). They are the second group of taxi workers in recent weeks to join with NTWA following the Montgomery County (Md.) Professional Drivers Union’s affiliation.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Monday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Monday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Here’s Your Union-Made Labor Day Shopping List

Here’s Your Union-Made Labor Day Shopping List

Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer holiday season. While the day honors the hardworking men and women who make this nation go and grow, the weekend also gives us a chance for one more big backyard barbecue blowout. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start. 

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Protect Voting in North Carolina and Around the Country

Protect Voting in North Carolina and Around the Country

Last week a federal judge upheld what North Carolina State AFL-CIO President James Andrews says is, “The most restrictive voting rights law in the country.” North Carolina is one of 22 states that since 2010 have enacted new laws restricting the right to vote. Click here to add your name to a petition to demand lawmakers protect our right to vote in North Carolina and across the country.

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Happy 79th to Social Security. Let’s Strengthen It

Happy 79th to Social Security. Let’s Strengthen It

Seventy-nine years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act and, says Alliance for Retired Americans President Richard Fiesta: 

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Throwback Thursday: Ziegfield Follies Chorus Girls Form Union

Throwback Thursday: Ziegfield Follies Chorus Girls Form Union

In August 1919 during the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) strike, the chorus girls in the Ziegfield Follies create their own union, the Chorus Equity Association, after they learned their boss, Florenz Ziegfeld, was joining the Producing Managers’ Association. They were helped by a $100,000 donation from superstar and former chorus girl Lillian Russell. In 1955 the union merged with AEA.

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