Shortcut Navigation:


Showing blog posts by Mike Hall

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.

Legal Resident’s Immigration Nightmare Yields Artistic Tribute to Immigrants

Last year, Christine Ashley, a legal U.S. resident for 42 years, returned from a visit to the United Kingdom. In this video, Scottish-born Ashley says that when she arrived at Boston’s Logan Airport:

I went through immigration as I always do, showed them my green card as I always do, had my thumb scanned as I always do. But this time was different, they took me away in handcuffs.

Read more and comment »

AFGE’s Cox Named New Veterans Council Chair

AFGE’s Cox Named New Veterans Council Chair

AFGE Secretary-Treasurer J. David Cox has been named new chair of the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council. He previously served as the council’s vice chair. The Union Veterans Council focuses on veterans’ issues and advocates public policies to improve the quality of life for U.S. veterans and their families. The two primary areas of focus for veterans are access to good jobs and to quality health care. Cox says:

The care of our nation’s veterans is of utmost importance to me. They have sacrificed so much to this country.

Read more and comment »

NLRB Website Outlines Rights of Nonunion Workers to Act Together

Even if workers are not in a union, they have the right to act together to improve their working conditions and for other mutual aid and protection. A new website by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) explains those rights and tells workers how to contact the nearest NLRB office if they have questions or believe their rights have been violated.

Read more and comment »

Mexico Entering Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement

Today, the United States Trade Representative announced that Mexico will be invited to join the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPP).  Although the U.S. already has extensive trade relations with Mexico through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says. Mexico’s inclusion in the TPP could have significant impacts on workers in both countries.

Read more and comment »

Dancers' Alliance Wins First Pact for Video Performers

Earlier this spring, we highlighted the creative action by dancers and other music video performers as they mobilized for a fair contract—and they now have one. SAG-AFTRA and the Dancers' Alliance reached the first-ever industry-wide contract to cover dancers and other performers on music videos with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, EMI Music and The Walt Disney Co.

Read more and comment »

Workers and Their Unions Key to Economic Turnaround, Election Outcome

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Columbia University Professor Dorian Warren both say the best way to solve the nation’s economic crisis is to grow the middle class rather than allowing wealth to concentrate in fewer and fewer hands. Unions, they say, will play a vital role politically and economically in building a strong middle class.

O'Malley and Warren spoke on a conference call with reporters Friday to counter recent attacks by Republican lawmakers on workers and their unions.

Read more and comment »

American Rights at Work, Jobs with Justice Announce Merger

American Rights at Work, Jobs with Justice Announce Merger

American Rights at Work (ARAW) and Jobs with Justice (JwJ) are joining forces. In a joint statement, American Rights at Work Executive Director Kimberly Freeman Brown and Jobs with Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta say:

Unions are about the collective being stronger than the individual—that together we can achieve what we cannot on our own. What's true for construction workers and nurses, for janitors and teachers, is also true for the workers' rights movement. That's why American Rights at Work is joining together with Jobs with Justice by merging.

Read more and comment »

Obama Halts DREAMER Deportations

President Obama this morning will restore the dreams of as many as 1 million young aspiring citizens when he signs an executive order halting the deportation of those young immigrants who would be eligible for U.S. residency under the terms of the DREAM Act. For several years, Republican lawmakers in Congress have blocked the DREAM Act.

Read more and comment »

Judge Says 10,000 American Airlines Workers Can’t Hold Union Vote

Judge Says 10,000 American Airlines Workers Can’t Hold Union Vote

A federal judge in Texas today blocked an election by 10,000 American Airlines passenger service agents that the National Mediation Board (NMB) last week ordered to begin June 21. Last month, American filed suit against the NMB’s decision to allow the workers to vote on joining the Communications Workers of America (CWA). In a statement this afternoon CWA said:

Clearly the airline is afraid of workers having their democratic vote and has been fighting hard to stop it.

Read more and comment »

More than 2,000 Workers Join AFL-CIO Unions

Chicago State University workres. UNITE HERE photo.

College professors, cable television installers and employees at donut shops, a hotel and in telecommunications are the latest workers to join AFL-CIO unions.

Nearly 400 AT&T Mobility retail store workers in Mississippi and Wyoming have chosen Communications Workers of America (CWA) representation. AT&T which has agreed to management neutrality, recognized the workers’ choice of CWA when majorities signed union authorization cards. The Mississippi unit includes 314 workers.

Read more and comment »

Online Community

Take Action

Stop Fast Track

Sign the petition and tell Congress to stop the Fast Track bill, it's undemocratic and bad for working families.

Connect With Us

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Flickr

Get Email from AFL-CIO

Are you a union member?

Facebook Favorites


Join Us Online