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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.

Join Tax Day Actions: Demand Corporations and Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share

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Are you tired of the 1 percent and big corporations gaming the tax system and loopholing their way to a tax bite that’s lower than what most of us honest working people pay? Take action on Tax Day tomorrow by joining working families and community, faith and other activists to demand that the 1% and corporations pay their fair share. Click here to find a Tax Day action near you.

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McGarvey Elected Building Trades President

McGarvey Elected Building Trades President

Sean McGarvey, who has served as secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) since 2005, was elected president today by the BCTD’s Governing Board of Presidents. He succeeds Mark H. Ayers who died April 8.

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USW Says Colombia Continues ‘Shameful Violence' Against Trade Unionists

United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo Gerard says Colombia “continues its shameful distinction as the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist.” He says that withholding implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is the “surest form of leverage the U.S. has to safeguard the lives and well-being of unionists in Colombia.”

Gerard’s comments follow Sunday’s announcement by the White House that it will implement the FTA beginning May 15.

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Tax Day and Equal Pay Day Will Make Tuesday a 'Twofer'

Do you believe wealthy Americans and corporations should pay their fair share in taxes and women should receive equal pay?  Then April 17 is “Twofer Tuesday.” As part of the 99% Spring movement, some 100,000 activists will use Tax Day as a platform to demand that the 1% and corporations pay their fair share. April 17 is also Equal Pay Day, the date symbolizing how far into 2012 women must work to earn what men earned in 2011.

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Pipe Fitters and Dancers: Innovative and Creative

Pipe Fitters and Dancers: Innovative and Creative

Cruise on over to our AFL-CIO home page for two new features that spotlight an innovative training program from Chicago Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 597 (UA) and a look at the creative campaign music video dancers are waging for a fair contract.

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ALEC’s Exit Door Continues to Swing

The exodus from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) continues as the glare of a hot spotlight exposes the group’s radical agenda that ranges from voter suppression to union busting and immigrant bashing. Candy maker Mars Inc. and Arizona's largest energy company are the latest corporations to sever ties.

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White House Names IUE-CWA’s Clark ‘Champion of Change’

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IUE-CWA President James D. Clark has been honored as a “Champion of Change for Corporate Environmental Responsibility” by the Obama administration. Clark is cited for his union’s work in helping to train union members to identify energy efficiency opportunities that improve environmental performance and the competitiveness of manufacturing.

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Nationwide Rallies Call on Senate to Save Postal Service

Nationwide Rallies Call on Senate to Save Postal Service

More than 100,000 postal workers and their supporters called on their lawmakers to “Save America’s Postal Service” in demonstrations Thursday in more than 200 cities. Many actions took place outside the home offices of U.S. senators who are expected to vote next week on a bill (S. 1789) that could push tens of thousands of workers out of their jobs.

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Spotlight on ALEC Grows, Some Big Corporations Drop Membership

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Missouri State Rep. Mike Colona (D) is a former member of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). He calls the group’s agenda “radical and extreme.” With a hotter spotlight on ALEC’s extremist agenda, some major corporations are severing their ties.    

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Workers’ Voice Speaks For the 99%

The just-launched Workers' Voice initiative will activate and energize networks of working families—union and nonunion, online and offline—around political campaigns, legislative issues and holding elected officials accountable to “build an independent voice for the working and middle class,” says AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler.

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