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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.

PayWatch: CEO Pay Hits ‘Insane Level’

PayWatch: CEO Pay Hits ‘Insane Level’

It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times.

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Sara Ziff: America’s Next Top Role Model

Sara Ziff: America’s Next Top Role Model

In the latest feature on the AFL-CIO’s Our Values @Work site, Ashley Lewis speaks with Sara Ziff, the founder of the Model Alliance that is bringing about dramatic change for models and other workers in the fashion industry. As a 14-year-old model barely out of middle school, Ziff found that sexual harassment and fighting for wages owed to her were all too common.

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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 family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Postal Workers Rally to Stop USPS/Staples Privatization

Postal Workers Rally to Stop USPS/Staples Privatization

Postal Workers (APWU) members from eight midwestern states rallied outside a Staples store in Altoona, Iowa, Thursday evening as part of a drive to stop the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS's) privatization of retail operations. USPS is contracting services to Staples, with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees.

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Musicians Strike Up the Band to Make Lionsgate ‘Listen Up’

Musicians Strike Up the Band to Make Lionsgate ‘Listen Up’

Yesterday, we told you how musicians who make the music for scores that are so vital to a movie’s story and success are coming together to challenge production companies like Lions Gate Entertainment (Lionsgate) that are shipping American musicians ’ jobs overseas. Here are some photos from the kick off actions of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) Listen Up campaign.

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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 families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Tell Lionsgate It Has the Score Wrong. Stop Sending Musicians’ Jobs Overseas

Tell Lionsgate It Has the Score Wrong. Stop Sending Musicians’ Jobs Overseas

One of the most iconic American symbols is the National Football League. This week Lionsgate Entertainment is releasing a movie about what is probably the second most popular day for football fans after the Super Bowl—“Draft Day.” But Lionsgate did something decidedly un-American for this film. It shipped American musicians’ jobs overseas—to Macedonia.

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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 families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Tell the House It’s Time to Act on Restoring Unemployment Benefits

Tell the House It’s Time to Act on Restoring Unemployment Benefits

Since House Republican leaders allowed the Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits program to expire in December, nearly 2.8 million jobless workers have lost their economic lifeline. The Senate passed a renewal of those vital benefits on Monday and that means the ball’s back in the House of Representative’s court and lawmakers need to hear from you that jobless Americans can’t wait any longer. 

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All Senate Republicans Say ‘No’ to Paycheck Fairness

Photo via Florida AFL-CIO

Most Republican lawmakers say they believe in fair and equal pay for women. But a day after Equal Pay Day, when Republican senators had a chance to vote for a bill that would have gone a long way to achieving that goal, not a single one cast a vote to just allow debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, let alone pass it.

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