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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.

Stand with Walmart Strikers on Black Friday

Stand with Walmart Strikers on Black Friday

Walmart workers, many who earn poverty-level wages and have irregular and part-time hours, have mobilized for justice and fairness at Walmart over the past few years and now are calling on Walmart to end retaliation against workers who are asking for $15 an hour and full-time hours. Now, workers’ allies in communities around the nation are joining them in massive demonstrations on Black Friday (Nov. 28), the biggest shopping day of the year.

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Final Tally: 32 N.J. AFL-CIO Labor Candidate Grads Earn Election Wins

Dan O’Connell, New Jersey State AFL-CIO Executive Board member, has been declared the winner in his race for Delran Council. The race took eight days to decide. He won by 15 votes after mail-in and provisional ballots were counted. O’Connell is the 32nd New Jersey labor candidate to notch a victory in November’s elections.

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Striking Walmart Workers Stage L.A. Sit-Downs at Stores and in the Street

Photo by Cluadia Koerner via Twitter

In Los Angeles yesterday, Walmart workers participated in their boldest action to date: the first-ever sit-down strike at a Walmart store. They were protesting an end to retaliation when they speak out for $15 an hour, full-time hours and respect at work.  

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Nurses Nationwide Strike, Rally Demanding Tough Ebola Protection Standards

Nurses Nationwide Strike, Rally Demanding Tough Ebola Protection Standards

Tens of thousands of registered nurses around the country staged strikes, rallies and marches yesterday to demand tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation’s hospitals. National Nurses United (NNU) Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro said:

Nurses, who have been willing to stand by the patients whether it's the flu, whether it's Ebola, whether it's cancer, are now being asked to put themselves in harm's way unprotected, unguarded.

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Walmart Workers Stage Sit-Down at L.A. Store

In Southern California, Walmart workers, some of whom were part of the first Walmart strike in October 2012, have just sat down near registers and next to racks of a Walmart store in Crenshaw. The group of striking workers, from stores throughout California, have placed tape over their mouths, signifying the company’s efforts to silence workers who are calling for better jobs. You can watch the live stream of the action below or at Blackfridayprotests.org. (The free Ustream feed  will contain occasional advertisements.)

 
Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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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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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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Here’s Your Union-Made in America Thanksgiving Shopping List

Here’s Your Union-Made in America Thanksgiving Shopping List

Before you put together your Thanksgiving dinner shopping list, check our list of union-made in America food and other items that are essential to a traditional family Thanksgiving feast. Speaking of thanks, a big “thank you” to the Union Label and Service Trades Department (ULSTD), Union Plus and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411, for compiling their extensive catalogs of union-made products.

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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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He Hired Formerly Enslaved Black Men Because They Knew How to Be 'Servile.' So They Formed a Union

He Hired Formerly Enslaved Black Men Because They Knew How to Be 'Servile.' So They Formed a Union

When George Pullman began shortly after the Civil War building his train “Sleeping Car” empire—built on service and luxury for wealthy passengers—he hired thousands of former slaves who had the experience of “serving” masters and their families, which translated to the clientele.

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