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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.

AFL-CIO’s Silvers Named to SEC Investor Protection Panel

AFL-CIO Policy Director Damon Silvers has been appointed to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new Investor Advisory Committee. The committee was created as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

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Get Ready for 99% Spring Tax Wealth, Not Work, Actions

Get Ready for 99% Spring Tax Wealth, Not Work, Actions

This week, some 100,000 activists from unions and community, faith and other progressive groups are in 99% Spring training sessions around the country, learning how to take back the economy from the 1%. Their first big round of actions is set for Tax Day, April 17. Click here to find a Tax Day action near you. Click here to find a training session near you.

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Contracts Expire, CWA and AT&T Extend Talks

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The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and AT&T agreed to continue contract talks for some 40,000 workers in four AT&T divisions after their contracts expired Sunday. CWA members at AT&T Midwest, AT&T West, AT&T Legacy and AT&T East have authorized strikes if fair contracts cannot be reached.

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Even Bunnies Know They’re Better Off Organized

Just in time for Easter, Pride at Work sends us this video to remind us it can be tough to organize at work, so you need to organize some bunnies to have your back. You might need to organize a lot of bunnies…and build an organization. There’s strength in numbers 

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Indiana Laborer and Songwriter Tells Lawmakers ‘Remember November’

When Indiana working families were rallying at the statehouse against the state legislatures’ drive to ram through "right to work" legislation, Laborers (LIUNA) member Turner Corn was there with his guitar to boost the crowd's spirit. He’s since written this new song, “Remember November,” which reflects the frustrations working Americans feel towards elected officials who attack their fundamental rights and values.

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CWA District 6 Members OK AT&T Mobility Pact

Members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 6 have ratified a new four-year agreement with AT&T Mobility. The pact covers more than 9,000 workers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas and will bring 2,000 jobs back from overseas and other outsourced facilities.

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TWU Local 100 Takes Message to Albany

More than 2,000 members of Transport Workers (TWU) Local 100, who keep New York City’s subway and bus system up and running, recently headed to Albany for a day of lobbying state lawmakers on vital transportation and working family issues.

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UMWA: On Anniversary of Upper Big Branch, Keep Families in Your Prayers

Today, April 5, is the second anniversary of the disaster at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch (W.Va.) mine where an explosion that mine safety experts say could have been prevented killed 29 coal miners. Mine Workers (UMWA) President Cecil Roberts says, “Today is a day for us to pause and think about the families…. Let us continue to keep the families of the victims in our hearts and our prayers.”

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American Rights at Work Launches Union-Made Guide

American Rights at Work Launches Union-Made Guide

Our friends at American Rights at Work (ARAW) have just launched a new feature to help consumers find union-made products. The Union Shop: A Guide to What’s Union-Made (click here) breaks products into sections from Apparel to Home Improvements, Sweets and Snacks and many more to help buyers use their purchasing power to support good U.S. jobs.

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Join the 99% Spring Training and Take a Swing for Economic Justice

Join the 99% Spring Training and Take a Swing for Economic Justice

This is the 99% Spring and you can join the more than 100,000 activists from unions, community, faith and other progressive groups to take the economy back from the 1% and challenge corporate greed. Starting Monday, April 9, and running through April 15, hundreds of training sessions around the country are set for activists to learn how to take back the economy.

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