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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.

Daniels Protects Secret Donors Behind RTW Ads

Indiana’s airwaves are being saturated with ads featuring Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) promoting his “right to work” for less legislation that Republican lawmakers are trying to ram through the legislature. But Daniels continues to refuse to reveal who is bankrolling the media barrage.

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Texas AFL-CIO Honors Volunteer Firefighters in Summer’s Blazes

Texas AFL-CIO communications director Ed Sills sends us this report:

The Texas AFL-CIO donated $150 gift cards to nine Central Texas volunteer fire departments that battled the rash of summer blazes.

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Chicago Nurses Overwhelming Vote for NNU

In a landslide (94-16) victory Friday, registered nurses at Chicago’s Jackson Park Hospital voted to join National Nurses United (NNU).

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'Brotherhood Outdoors' Goes on Louisiana Gator Hunt

Mention Louisiana swamps and likely the first thing that comes to mind is alligators—big alligators and lots of them. Wayne “Kip” Benoit, a United Steelworkers (USW) Local 750 member from Boutte, La., knows his way around swamps and gators and, in the latest episode of “Brotherhood Outdoors,” guides show host Tom Ackerman on an airboat alligator hunt.

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Who Broke the Economy?

If you want to prepare yourself for the inevitable election year discussions/arguments with your right-wing uncle or tea party neighbor about the nation’s economy and how we got into the ditch that we’re finally driving out of, check out Failure by Design: The Story Behind America’s Broken Economy.

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Indiana Republicans Continue RTW Fast Track Attack

With several thousand Indiana workers inside and outside the statehouse, a state Senate committee this afternoon approved a so-called right to work bill. The 6-4 vote included one Republican who voted against the bill.

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Arkansas Ag Firm Agrees to $1.5 Million in Back Wages for Guest Workers

An Arkansas agriculture company has agreed to pay $1.5 million in back wages to 1,500 guest workers in a settlement with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The group filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the workers in 2007.

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Players Assoc. Says Indiana Should Sack ‘Right to Work’ Bill

Players Assoc. Says Indiana Should Sack ‘Right to Work’ Bill

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) today urged the Indiana state legislature to reject a so-called right to work bill that the union says is a “political ploy designed to destroy basic workers’ rights. It’s not about jobs or rights.”

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Indiana Workers Call for Public Hearings on Right to Work for Less

Indiana workers are gathering again at the statehouse today to make sure their voices are heard as the Republican-controlled legislature attempts to ram through a so-called right to work (RTW) bill that Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) says is at the top of the state’s agenda.

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Operating Engineers’ Counsel Among Picks for NLRB

Operating Engineers (IUOE) General Counsel Richard Griffin is among the three new members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) President Obama will appoint through recess appointments, the White House announced.

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