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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.

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’


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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Local Union’s Innovative Health Care Cost Savings Get National Attention

Earlier this year, in our AFL-CIO website’s Innovators section, we profiled the work Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 49 in Minneapolis is doing to reduce health care costs and improve health care delivery for the union’s 12,000 members and 21,000 dependents. This week, MSNBC’s "The Dylan Ratigan Show" put the union’s work in the national spotlight.

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Are Your Tax Dollars Paying Your Boss?

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A new study finds that nearly $700 million a year in state income taxes withheld from workers’ paychecks in 16 states is being used to provide lavish subsidies to corporations, rather than paying for vital public services. Workers likely believe their state taxes are going to fund schools, repair roads or pay for police and fire protection. But not so, says Paying Taxes to the Boss: How a Growing Number of States Subsidize Companies with the Withholding Taxes of Workers,” a study released today by Good Jobs First.

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Branson Promotes Anti-Union Vote in Virgin America Video

U.S. law requires that the “actual control” of U.S. airlines is in the hands of American citizens. So, why is mega-billionaire and United Kingdom citizen Richard Branson preaching the evils of unionization in a video message to the flight attendants at the supposedly U.S.-owned and -controlled Virgin America?

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