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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.

Van Jones Offers Game Plan to ‘Rebuild the Dream’

Van Jones Offers Game Plan to ‘Rebuild the Dream’

Van Jones, a former Obama White House adviser on green jobs and an award-winning human rights activist, maps out how to turn Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s and the American Dream into reality in his new book Rebuild the Dream. The book is due out April 4, the anniversary of King’s assassination in Memphis in 1968, but you can click here to pre-order.

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Affordable Care Act Has Helped Millions and Saved Billions

Affordable Care Act Has Helped Millions and Saved Billions

Two years ago, President Obama signed a comprehensive health care reform package that is lowering costs, expanding access and contributing to deficit reduction.

Although the Affordable Care Act is not perfect and working family advocates are working hard to make sure it is implemented fairly, it’s a milestone on the path to guaranteed high-quality health care for everyone and has helped millions of families. Nonetheless, Republicans vow to kill the law. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the law’s constitutionality in a case brought by a Republican legal challenge.

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Senate Sides with Wall Street. Passes So-Called JOBS Act

Ignoring warnings from current and former financial market regulators, law professors, institutional investors and consumer advocates, the Senate today passed (73-26) the cynically named JOBS Act and, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, “We are disappointed and angry.”

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Casino Workers Seek Fair Process

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The thousands of workers at Station Casinos, the third largest private employer in the Las Vegas area, have a simple request. They want a fair process, free of managerial interference, to decide whether to have union representation.

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Policy, Not Productivity, Behind Manufacturing Job Loss

Over the past decade, as 5.7 million manufacturing jobs were vanishing, many prominent economists and policymakers said the job loss was inevitable. They reason, they said, wasn’t a lack of national manufacturing policy, growing incentives for U.S. firms to move jobs offshore or flawed trade policies. They pointed to increased productivity as the main culprit. A new report debunks that claim.

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How Much for That Corporate Tax Loophole?

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A new report on corporate campaign donations follows the money from 280 Fortune 500 firms and the tax breaks those companies have enjoyed in recent years. And it leads to “the intersection of corporate campaign contributions to members of Congress and the absence of congressional action to close corporate tax loopholes and raise additional revenue from corporate taxes.”

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Remember the Triangle Fire Victims

Remember the Triangle Fire Victims

March 25 is the 101st anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York City, which killed 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women. Many of them jumped to their deaths from the 10-story factory to escape the fire because they were locked inside. While the Triangle fire is a prominent part of labor history, not just for its tragedy but as the impetus for new labor laws and workplace safety reforms, there is no permanent memorial.

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IAFF Blasts Romney’s Record on Fire Safety

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a long record of opposing critical public safety programs and training for firefighters, including Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE Act) grants.

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‘More Please, Sir;’ New Corporate Blitz Begs for Tax Cuts

Those poor, misunderstood big corporations. No one seems to know or care what a burden taxes are on those cash-stuffed companies—like General Electric, which paid no federal income taxes in 2010. To make sure we all know, the Business Roundtable just launched a lobbying and ad blitz to push for even bigger tax breaks than corporations now receive.

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Home Care Workers Need Labor Law’s Protection

The nearly 2 million home care workers—about 92 percent of whom are women—who take care of the elderly and people with disabilities often work 12-hour days and 60 to 70 hours a week. But they are seldom paid overtime and their net income is often less than the minimum wage. Unlike workers covered by federal labor laws, they are not paid for all the hours they are on the clock, witnesses told a U.S. House hearing Tuesday.

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