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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.

Cilento Elected New York State Fed President

Mario Cilento was elected president of the 2.5 million-member New York State AFL-CIO today by the state federation’s executive council. He succeeds Denis M. Hughes who is retiring and served as president since 1999.

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EMS Pilots Ratify New Contract

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) helicopter pilots, members of Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 109 and employed by Air Methods Corporation based in Denver, have ratified a new agreement.  The 1,000 pilots operate in 45 states and transport nearly 100,000 patients a year. AMC is the nation’s largest provider of air medical emergency transport services and systems.

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AFL-CIO Report Spotlights Devastating Impact of Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law

This summer, Alabama passed one of the harshest anti-immigrant bills (HB 56) in the nation and the parallels between that law and the old South’s Jim Crow laws are “all too real,” says William Lucy, president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU).

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Recall Walker Signatures Pass 500,000 Mark

   

United Wisconsin, the coalition spearheading the movement to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R), announced today that volunteers have collected more than 500,000 signatures on petitions to put the recall on the ballot.

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Past Tax Holiday Created Corporate Profits, Not Jobs

Evidence continues to mount that a so-called tax holiday for corporations’ overseas profits is a bad idea.

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Tune in to ‘The People’s Mic’

You can tune in today for the premiere broadcast of “The People’s Mic with Doug Cunningham.” The show will air weekdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. CST on WXXM-FM, Madison’s Progressive Talk. Check it out online here or if you’re in the Madison, Wis., area, at 92.1 FM.

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Health Care Reform Brings Coverage to 2.5 Million More Young People

Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law last year, some 2.5 million more young people have health insurance than before the law took effect, according to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Reagan’s Union-Busting in PATCO Strike Reverberates Today

Jim Morin was a former Air Force air traffic controller when he joined the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1977 and was assigned to one of the busiest airports in the nation, New York’s LaGuardia, where he became secretary-treasurer of the PATCO local.

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Far-Sighted Policies Can Fight Growing Income Inequality

The growing gap between the rich and the rest of us is not just a problem in the United States. Over the past two decades income inequality has soared around the world. But a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED) says if nations make the right policy decisions, income inequality is not inevitable and can be reversed.

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Republicans Vote Big Cuts to Jobless Benefits

House Republicans tonight voted (234-193) to cut more than in half the number of weeks jobless workers can collect unemployment insurance (UI) benefits next year. The bill also cuts pay for public employees, cuts preventive health services, reduces premium assistance for low- and middle-income individuals buying health insurance and raises premiums for many Medicare beneficiaries.

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