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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.

Indiana Republicans Continue RTW Fast Track Attack

With several thousand Indiana workers inside and outside the statehouse, a state Senate committee this afternoon approved a so-called right to work bill. The 6-4 vote included one Republican who voted against the bill.

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Arkansas Ag Firm Agrees to $1.5 Million in Back Wages for Guest Workers

An Arkansas agriculture company has agreed to pay $1.5 million in back wages to 1,500 guest workers in a settlement with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The group filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the workers in 2007.

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Players Assoc. Says Indiana Should Sack ‘Right to Work’ Bill

Players Assoc. Says Indiana Should Sack ‘Right to Work’ Bill

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) today urged the Indiana state legislature to reject a so-called right to work bill that the union says is a “political ploy designed to destroy basic workers’ rights. It’s not about jobs or rights.”

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Indiana Workers Call for Public Hearings on Right to Work for Less

Indiana workers are gathering again at the statehouse today to make sure their voices are heard as the Republican-controlled legislature attempts to ram through a so-called right to work (RTW) bill that Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) says is at the top of the state’s agenda.

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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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