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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.

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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With Doors Open, Indiana Workers Flood Statehouse

The Indiana state legislature opened its session today as hundreds of workers descended on the statehouse to protest a proposed “right to work” for less bill. Earlier today, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) lifted his order that would have restricted citizens’ access to the statehouse, but not that of lobbyists.

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Obama Set to Name Three to NLRB

President Obama will use recess appointments to name three new members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the White House announced this  afternoon.

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With Fair Chance, Workers Choose Unions

Writing in Health Leaders Media, John Commins takes a look at the recent successes nurses have had in winning a voice on the job with National Nurses United (NNU) and finds that, once again, when workers are given a fair opportunity to join a union, they do.

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Wild Hog Hunt Launches New Season for ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’


Brotherhood Outdoors,” the unique hunting and fishing television series of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), kicks off its second season Thursday night on the Sportsman Channel, with Indiana Ironworkers member Jessica Reagor on a California wild hog hunt.

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Public Pressure Re-Opens Indiana Statehouse Doors

Caving into intense public pressure, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) this morning rescinded an order that would have barred thousands of Hoosiers from the statehouse as the legislature considers a so-called right to work bill. As I write, we hear that three doors are open and workers are streaming in, with lines of people wrapped around the block.

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Obama to Appoint Cordray Consumer Watchdog Chief

President Obama will use a recess appointment to name Richard Cordray head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Associated Press (AP) reports this morning. Cordray’s nomination has been blocked by Senate Republicans who want to gut the agency that was created by 2010’s Wall Street reform legislation.

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‘Union Maid’ Makes Rose Parade Appearance

You can’t scare the Pulaski (Wis.) High School marching band—they’re sticking with the union.

In the middle of Monday’s Rose Bowl Parade, marching band members launched into a spirited rendition of Woody Guthrie’s workers’ anthem “Union Maid.”

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Pa. Gov. Corbett: Walker, Kasich FAIL

A recent memo from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s (R) deputy chief of staff Luke Bernstein to other top staff and supporters says that in discussing Corbett’s first year in office, they should compare his “successes” to failures of other first-year governors, including Walker and Kasich.

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So-Called Right to Work Law Would Reduce Indiana Wages

More evidence that backers of Indiana’s ”right to work” for less (RTW) legislation are wrong when they claim so-called right to work promotes economic growth.

A new report out moments ago from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) finds that if a “right to work” law was adopted in Indiana it would be far more likely to reduce workers’ wages and benefits. It follows the release this morning of similar findings by University of Notre Dame economic professor Marty Wolfson.

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