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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.

March Isn’t Just for Basketball

March Isn’t Just for Basketball

While most sports fans will be enthralled with the first round of “March Madness”—the NCAA’s college basketball championship tourney—outdoors enthusiasts can turn to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) for a bit of “Critter Madness” to decide the top big game, upland/waterfowl, saltwater or freshwater fish.

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Tentative Deal Reached in Oil Strike

The United Steelworkers (USW) have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Shell Oil Co., the union announced Thursday. The deal will serve as a pattern agreement for the rest of the industry. USW members at several refineries struck on Feb. 1, and the strike grew to include about 7,000 workers at 15 sites across the country.

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What’s ISDS in the TPP? Very Scary!

What’s ISDS in the TPP? Very Scary!

If anyone needs more evidence why the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement shouldn’t be rushed through Congress on the “Fast Track,” which does not allow any amendments or improvements in the deal—just a take-it-or-leave-it, yes-or-no vote—read Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) column in today’s Washington Post.

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Learn About Next Up with Elizabeth Shuler's Twitter Chat Friday

Learn About Next Up with Elizabeth Shuler's Twitter Chat Friday

Join AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler on Friday, Feb. 27, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST for a live Twitter chat about the AFL-CIO’s Next Up Young Worker Summit. You can follow the chat on @AFLCIONxtUp and @LizShuler and the hashtag #1uNextUp.

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Executive Council Creates Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice

“America’s legacy of racism and racial injustice has been and continues to be a fundamental obstacle to workers’ efforts to act together to build better lives for all of us,” says the AFL-CIO Executive Council in a statement announcing the creation of a Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice.

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What Works Best: Pro-Worker and Fair Taxes or Anti-Worker and Tax Cuts for Wealthy?

Minnesota AFL-CIO photo

Upper Midwest neighbors Wisconsin and Minnesota share a border, but their differences extend far beyond the Packers–Vikings rivalry. They go all the way to their state Capitols.

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Executive Council Outlines Action Plan to Raise Wages

The AFL-CIO Executive Council outlined a comprehensive national raising wages initiative at its winter meeting this week in Atlanta. In its statement today on raising wages, the council says:

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Congress Must Defend, Strengthen Wall Street Reform or Risk Return of ‘Casino’ Economy

The AFL-CIO Executive Council urged Congress to stand with the labor movement and President Barack Obama in defending the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act from attacks by Wall Street’s friends in Congress, in a statement released yesterday at its winter meeting in Atlanta. The council also urged new financial industry reforms.

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Executive Council Calls for a New Track, Not Fast Track, on Trade Policy

The AFL-CIO Executive Council called for transparency and broad reform in the nation’s trade negotiations and policies—especially Fast Track—in action yesterday at the council’s winter meeting in Atlanta. In its statement, the council says that current trade policies of the United States are undermining the interests of working people and that when decisions about economic policy are made behind closed doors,

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White House Moves to Close Retirement Advice Loophole

White House Moves to Close Retirement Advice Loophole

The Obama administration today took the first step to close a loophole in the rules that govern Wall Street brokers and financial firms that provide retirement investment advice. That loophole can drain away thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars of hard-earned savings from a single retirement account.

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