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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.

Senate Republicans Say ‘Don’t Bring Jobs Home’

Senate Republicans Say ‘Don’t Bring Jobs Home’

Given the choice between supporting American workers or the corporations that ship U.S. jobs overseas, Senate Republicans sided with the job exporters today and blocked a vote (56-42) on the Bring Jobs Home Act. That’s not a surprise to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.):

It's no surprise Republicans are on the side of corporations making big bucks sending American jobs to China and India. After all, their presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, made a fortune outsourcing jobs, too.

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Mr. 1%—The Wrong Way to Get Rich

Mr. 1%—The Wrong Way to Get Rich

Some people get rich the old-fashioned way—hard work. Mitt Romney—Mr. 1%—got rich the new-fashioned, wrong way. As head of Bain Capital, he’d swoop down on companies like Ampad and GS Industries, pull out tens of millions of dollars in dividends, declare bankruptcy and kill thousands of jobs.

And that’s just the part of the story of how Romney got rich the wrong way. Check out our new Meet Mr. 1% website for a closer look.

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Tell Your Senators to Bring Jobs Home

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Time is running out. Tomorrow (Thursday) the U.S. Senate will vote on the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 3364 [formerly S. 2884]). Make your voice heard in the battle to stop corporate tax breaks for firms that export American jobs overseas and reward companies that bring jobs home.

Call your senators at 888-659-9401 and urge them to support the Bring Jobs Home Act.

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Buying Value, not Volume, Lowers Health Care Costs

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The AFL-CIO, several unions, employer groups and a number of large corporations—all major purchasers of health care benefits—are working together to bring down the cost of health care and improve quality through a new Buying Value initiative. The goal is to change the way health benefits are purchased, away from volume to value.

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Ohio’s Early Voting Suppression Law Challenged

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Earlier this year, Ohio Republican lawmakers pushed through legislation curtailing the state’s early voting period. Yesterday, a suit was filed in federal court to block the voter suppression law. Previously early voting had been allowed through the Monday before the election. The Republican bill cuts off voting on the Friday before Election Day for all voters except military personnel. In 2008, an estimated 93,000 votes were cast during the last three days of early voting in Ohio.

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Economic Mobility More Hollywood than Reality

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In the past generation, the rich did get richer and the poor did get poorer, according to a new report from the Pew Center on the States. Project manager Erin Currier of Pew's Economic Mobility Project says the report, "Pursuing the American Dream: Economic Mobility Across Generations,"

calls into question the quality of the opportunity Americans believe exists in the United States.

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Here's the Story of a Man Named Boehner

In the iconic '70’s sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” whenever a dispute or conflict came up, it was eventually solved amicably and with a bit of common sense. You sure can’t say the same thing about another family sharing a big house—“The Boehner Bunch.”

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IATSE Members Ratify Hollywood Agreement

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Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the union's 14 Hollywood locals approved a new three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The 38,000 union members in those locals are camera operators, set decorators, grips and others who work behind the scenes on movies and TV shows. IATSE President Matthew D. Loeb said the Hollywood Basic Agreement,

represents a fair and equitable contract for our members.

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New Study Shows Romney’s Corporate Tax Holiday Ships More U.S. Jobs Overseas

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The huge export of American jobs (some 6 million manufacturing jobs in the past decade) by U.S. corporations has become a focal point of the presidential campaign. Today, a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) outlines how Republican Mitt Romney’s proposals would:

encourage and further accelerate the outsourcing of American jobs to foreign countries.

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Get Smart, Pass the Bring Jobs Home Act

Get Smart, Pass the Bring Jobs Home Act

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) cut straight to the chase Friday at a Bring Jobs Home roundtable in Charleston.

We now give tax incentives for people who move jobs offshore. That's just about the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

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