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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.

Holiday Gift Shopping? Check Out These Union-Made in America Ideas

Holiday Gift Shopping? Check Out These Union-Made in America Ideas

It’s getting there, but it’s not too late yet to find that perfect holiday gift that carries a union label and is made in America. Below is a wide range of gift possibilities, from clothes to games to sports equipment and more, made by members of UNITE HERE, Boilermakers (IBB), Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), Machinists (IAM), United Steelworkers (USW), Teamsters (IBT), UAW, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/UFCW (RWDSU/UFCW) and United Farm Workers (UFW).

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SAG-AFTRA Members Choose Award Nominees

SAG-AFTRA Members Choose Award Nominees

The nominees for SAG-AFTRA’s 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in motion pictures and television were announced this week, with “Birdman” and “Modern Family” leading the list with nominations. 

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Potomac Disposal: ‘More for Me, None for You’

Potomac Disposal: ‘More for Me, None for You’

Under a contract with Montgomery County, Md., Potomac Disposal, Inc. collects trash from more than 40,000 households. Now Potomac is asking the county for a raise. But the company’s CEO says he has no intention of sharing any additional money it may receive from the county with its workers, members of Laborers (LIUNA) Local 657.

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NLRB Issues New Union Election Rule

NLRB Issues New Union Election Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today adopted a final rule that would alleviate the delays, inefficiencies, abuse of process and unnecessary litigation that plague the current system for workers who want to vote on whether to have a union. It will take effect on April 14. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

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

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

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

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Eleanor Roosevelt Fought for Human Rights and Union Rights

Eleanor Roosevelt Fought for Human Rights and Union Rights

Today is International Human Rights Day, which commemorates the day in 1948 the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One of the prime movers behind the declaration was Eleanor Roosevelt. As Mary Jo Binker and Brigid O’Farrell write on the History News Network that was just one piece of her long post-White House, progressive—and pro-union—activist life after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1945 death. Something they say was glossed over in the recent Ken Burns series "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History."

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I Am AFGE: Ensuring Equal Pay

In this video from AFGE’s “I Am AFGE” series we meet Audrey Townsend, the women’s coordinator for AFGE Local 383 in Washington, D.C., which represents District of Columbia government employees.  

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Public Ranks Postal Service #1 Agency

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The congressional Republicans and U.S. Postal Service executives who’ve been trying to gut the Postal Service and denigrating the work of the men and women who keep the mail moving ought to take a listen to the American public. A recent Gallup Poll found that Americans rate the Postal Service highest among 13 government agencies.

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321,000 New Jobs Added in November, Jobless Rate Remains 5.8%

321,000 New Jobs Added in November, Jobless Rate Remains 5.8%

The economy added 321,000 jobs in November—a big jump from October’s 214,000—and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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