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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.

Union Sportsmen Take Kids Fishing

Union Sportsmen Take Kids Fishing

Today, Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and a team of union volunteers are holding Take Kids Fishing Day events in Wisconsin and Ohio as part of National Fishing and Boating Week. A third Take Kids Fishing day event will be held later this summer in Las Vegas. The Wisconsin event, at Pettibone Lagoon in Lacrosse, is open to the public and is sponsored by the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO. At Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve in Munson, Ohio, the Bricklayers (BAC) Ohio District Council and BAC Local 16 will host children with varying physical and mental disabilities.

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Union Workers More Likely to Report Workplace Misconduct

Union Workers More Likely to Report Workplace Misconduct

Do workers with a union contract behave more ethically on the job by being more likely to report wrongdoing? That’s one conclusion from a new report by the Ethics Resource Center (ERC)—"Inside the Mind of a Whistleblower." Union employees, who are often provided certain contractual protections, had much higher rates of reporting specific misconduct than nonunion employees (65 percent vs. 47 percent).

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St. Louis Nurses Vote for NNU

By a landslide of 76 percent, registered nurses at Saint Louis University Hospital voted Thursday night to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Missouri (NNOC-Missouri), an affiliate of the National Nurses United (NNU). Lesa Dustman, an intensive care unit RN, says the 600 nurses at the hospital:

now have a vehicle to negotiate for improved patient care.

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Watch on Sunday: Equity’s Centennial Honored with Special Tony Award

Watch on Sunday: Equity’s Centennial Honored with Special Tony Award

Actors' Equity has just entered its centennial year celebration and the stage actors and stage managers union will be honored with a special Tony Award during this Sunday’s broadcast of the 66th Annual Tony Awards. The show will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. EDT,  and 7 p.m. CDT and rebroadcast on the West Coast at 8 p.m. PDT.

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Trumka: Give, Advocate, Volunteer with United Way

Since 1947, the AFL-CIO and the United Way have helped families and communties recover from natural disasters--and more recently from the disastrous effects of the great recession. We continue to work together to provide services where they’re needed and when they’re needed.

In this new video, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka urges people to “give, advocate and volunteer with your local United Way.”

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Another NFL Lockout Already?

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A little more than year after locking out players, the National Football League (NFL) is now locking out its referees and is recruiting replacement officials. In a statement, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) says the lockout, and possible use of replacement refs, threatens player safety.

In 2011, the NFL tasked officials with increased responsibilities in protecting player health and safety, and its search for scabs undermines that important function. Professional athletes require professional referees, and we believe in the NFL Referees Association’s trained first responders.

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LIUNA’s Booker New BCTD Secretary-Treasurer

Brent Booker, former director of the Construction Department at the Laborers' (LIUNA) is the new secretary treasurer of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD). He was elected today by the BCTD’s Governing Board of Presidents. Booker succeeds Sean McGarvey, who was elected BCTD president following the April death of Mark Ayers.

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Blue-Collar Workers Hurt Most by Simpson’s Plan to Raise Social Security Retirement Age

Even as Alan Simpson rants against anyone who dares to oppose his scheme to raise the Social Security retirement age, a new study finds such an action would have the greatest impact on workers in the most physically demanding occupations—but would have little overall impact on the financial health of  Social Security.

Meanwhile, the California Alliance for Retired Americans—the group at which Simpson directed his most recent rant, calling them “a wretched group of seniors” and “greedy geezers” full of “blather and drivel,” who are “shoveling out bullshit”—is fighting back.

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Trumka: Rio Tinto Tarnishes Olympic Spirit

Trumka: Rio Tinto Tarnishes Olympic Spirit

Summer Olympic Games medal supplier, Rio Tinto—a union-busting global mining conglomerate with a track record of worker and environmental abuse—should be kept off the podium in London, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. In a letter sent to the chairman of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), Trumka points to Rio Tinto’s Jan. 1 lockout of 750 USW members in Alma, Quebec.

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Wisconsin: Walker’s $50 Million Doesn’t Sway Union Voters

Wisconsin: Walker’s $50 Million Doesn’t Sway Union Voters

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Yesterday’s Wisconsin election results, in which Gov. Scott Walker (R) held onto his office—thanks to a $50 million war chest—but lost the state Senate, “is not the end of the story, but just the beginning,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at an afternoon press conference today.   

Noting that Walker was the best-funded politician in state history, Trumka said, “We knew a recall election would be tough, and we knew we would be outspent.” But he added Wisconsin working people provided an incredible counter to Walker’s mostly out-of-state funded campaign that held a seven-to-one spending edge. 

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