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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.

CWA/AT&T Mobility Pact Brings Jobs Back to U.S.; Other Talks Continue

CWA Photo

A tentative agreement that will bring 2,000 jobs back from overseas and other outsourced facilities has been reached between the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and AT&T Mobility.

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Donate Now to Help Tornado Victims

The Indiana State AFL-CIO and United Way have established a disaster relief fund to aid the victims of the deadly tornadoes that ravaged southern Indiana. You can click here to donate online via credit card or send a check to: Indiana Union/UW Disaster Response; Indiana Association of United Ways; 3901 N. Meridian #306; Indianapolis, IN 46208-4026.

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Unions Reach Out to Tornado Victims

In southern Indiana and other areas where a series of powerful and deadly tornadoes stuck late last week, union members are mobilizing to bring help to union families and others.

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Missouri to Honor Limbaugh with Statue—Really

Missouri may be the “Show Me” state, but here’s something that really ought to be kept under wraps—a statue of right-wing radio flamethrower Rush Limbaugh in the state Capitol’s Hall of Famous Missourians.

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Postal Workers Mount Fight to Stop Processing Center Closures

Mail processign center: USPS photo

Postal Workers (APWU) President Cliff Guffey says the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS's) announcement that it will close nearly half of the nation’s mail processing facilities “has sent a clear message” to workers and customers: "If Congress does not take action before the moratorium expires, management intends to dismantle the mail processing network."

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Check Out Union Innovators and Community Connections

Check Out Union Innovators and Community Connections

Whether you’re a regular reader of AFL-CIO Now or a first time visitor, we certainly hope you’ll find our blogs and those from a growing number of outside contributors to be informative, helpful and sometimes even entertaining. But we also want to encourage you to click around the newly revamped AFL-CIO website, especially two new sections that highlight the innovations union members and unions are bringing to their jobs and communities and their work in their communities, from helping those in need to working in partnerships for economic justice.

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Judge Rules Michigan’s PLA Ban Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that Michigan’s ban on the use of project labor agreements—pushed by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and anti-worker lawmakers—is unconstitutional. The suit was brought by the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council. 

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WAI Wins Training Grant to Prepare Workers for Manufacturing Careers

WAI Wins Training Grant to Prepare Workers for Manufacturing Careers

The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute (WAI) has been awarded a three-year, $3.4 million grant from the Department of Labor (DOL) to develop apprenticeship programs in five communities to train people for skilled manufacturing jobs and careers.

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Find Out About Your Rights at Work

Find Out About Your Rights at Work

There are lots of new features and information on our revamped website, just click around. But we’ve refreshed some old favorites, including the popular and frequently visited Your Rights at Work. It is also available in Spanish here.

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Sheriff Rips Proposed Georgia Anti-Picketing Law

Yesterday we told you about a proposed draconian new law in the Georgia legislature (SB 469) that could make union picketing a felony. Here are two new developments. The sheriff of Georgia’s biggest county says the bill would put him in the job of policing free speech and today a group of union, community and faith activists spoke out against the bill.

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