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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.

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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Baayork Lee, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer Wins Equity’s Robeson Honors

Baayork Lee (right) with Christine Toy Johnson, co-chair of Equity’s Equal Opportunity Employment Committee. Equity photo by Stephanie Masucci

Baayork Lee, who made her Broadway debut at the age of five as “Princess Ying Yaowalak” in the 1951 original production of The King and I and went on to a career as actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, director and author, is the recipient of the 2014 Actors’ Equity (AEA) Paul Robeson Award.

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AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund Tops $5 Billion—Housing and Building Trusts Create Jobs, Build Communities

AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund Tops $5 Billion—Housing and Building Trusts Create Jobs, Build Communities

The AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund announced that it has surpassed $5 billion in market value through investments by more than 75 union, Taft-Hartley and public employee pension funds. 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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Just the Facts? Not from Rick Snyder

Just the Facts? Not from Rick Snyder

In this week’s debate between Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer, Snyder ignored the advice Sgt. Joe Friday in “Dragnet” always proffered to witnesses and suspects, “Just the facts” when it came to his record on education, jobs and the economy. That’s alright. The good folks at You Got Schooled 2014 have the facts that Snyder ignored.

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NNU, AFT Urge Stronger Patient–Worker Protections in Ebola Treatments

NNU, AFT Urge Stronger Patient–Worker Protections in Ebola Treatments

In a letter to President Barack Obama about the growing concern over Ebola in the United States, the National Nurses United (NNU) urged the president to “invoke his executive authority” to order all U.S. hospitals to meet the highest “uniform, national standards and protocols” in order to “safely protect patients, all health care workers and the public.”

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Walker Says Minimum Wage Serves No Purpose

Walker Says Minimum Wage Serves No Purpose

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) doesn’t believe the minimum wage “serves a purpose.” Yes, that’s what he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board Tuesday. It should come as no surprise then that Walker also opposes raising the federal minimum wage from the $7.25-an-hour level where it’s been stuck since 2009.

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

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Kentucky Debate: Grimes Has Jobs Plan, McConnell Defends Gridlock

Photo via Alison Lundergan Grimes Facebook page.

Monday’s debate, between Alison Lundergan Grimes and Sen. Mitch McConnell in the race for McConnell’s U.S. Senate seat, “demonstrated the clear contrast, between Mitch McConnell, the self-proclaimed ‘guardian of gridlock,’ and Alison Lundergan Grimes, who offered sensible and compassionate responses coupled with an understanding of the challenges facing working Kentuckians,” said Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan.

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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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