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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.

Obama Calls for Manufacturing Innovation Network

Last week, the Obama administration continued its push to boost U.S. manufacturing jobs when it proposed a $1 billion National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. The proposal would create as many as 15 state-of-the-art institutes nationwide devoted to research and worker training to make U.S. manufacturers more competitive.

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After Limbaugh Scolding, Romney Flip-Flops on Minimum Wage Increase

Surprising as it may sound, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney earlier this year said something that all of us in the progressive world—and in most worlds—agree with: It's time to raise the minimum wage and protect its value by indexing it against inflation. But....

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Bricklayer Hunts Montana Mule Deer in Latest ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’

Bricklayer Hunts Montana Mule Deer in Latest ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’

On next week’s episode (March 15) of “Brotherhood Outdoors," Bob Krien, a member of Bricklayers (BAC) Local 4 in Wisconsin, heads to southwest Montana to hunt mule deer with the show’s host, Tom Ackerman.

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Working America Launches New Website

Working America Launches New Website

Our colleagues at Working America have a new online look. The new WorkingAmerica.org is not just a face-lift, but a website that adds many new sections and features.

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Laughter Works—Take a Look

Looking for a laugh? Take a look at our new video—yes, it is suitable for work—from last month’s Laughter Works comedy show in Portland, Ore. The show was part of a three-day event, organized by the Oregon AFL-CIO and Laughing Liberally, to showcase strategies for infusing activism with comedy.

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Economy Adds 227,000 Jobs, But Jobless Rate Stays at 8.3%

The nation’s economy added 227,000 jobs in February, but the unemployment rate remained steady at 8.3 percent, according to the latest figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The jobless rate has dropped by 0.8 percentage points since August and remains at its lowest point since February 2009

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American Backs off Plan to Dump Pensions

In February, American Airlines announced plans to eliminate the jobs of 13,000 workers and dump pension plans for nearly 90,000 workers into the federal government’s Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) as part of its bankruptcy plan. Roughly 9,000 Transport Workers (TWU) members are employed at American. But yesterday, following negotiations with the TWU and PBGC, American announced it was abandoning its pension proposal.

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17,000 Workers at United Airlines Join IAM

17,000 Workers at United Airlines Join IAM

Passenger service and reservation workers at the new United Airlines voted to join the Machinists (IAM). The 17,000 new members represent the passenger service and reservation workers at United who previously were IAM members before the merger with Continental and the Continental workers who had no union prior to the merger.

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LIUNA Says Highway Bill, Not Duct Tape, Is Transportation's Answer

LIUNA Says Highway Bill, Not Duct Tape, Is Transportation's Answer

Funding to build and maintain the nation’s highways, roads, bridges and transit systems runs out March 31, but a long-term transportation bill is being bottled up by Republican lawmakers. This week, the Laborers (LIUNA) launched a multimedia campaign to highlight the growing public safety crisis posed by America’s crumbling bridges, deteriorating roads and struggling transit systems.

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Judge Orders Hospital to Reinstate Union Supporter

Here’s one for the good guys. David Warrick, executive director of AFSCME Council 62, reports that a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge has ruled that Louisville, Ky.’s Our Lady of Peace psychiatric hospital must reinstate former employee Amanda Doyle, who was fired, says Warrick, for trying to form a union at the hospital.

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