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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.

UMWA: On Anniversary of Upper Big Branch, Keep Families in Your Prayers

Today, April 5, is the second anniversary of the disaster at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch (W.Va.) mine where an explosion that mine safety experts say could have been prevented killed 29 coal miners. Mine Workers (UMWA) President Cecil Roberts says, “Today is a day for us to pause and think about the families…. Let us continue to keep the families of the victims in our hearts and our prayers.”

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American Rights at Work Launches Union-Made Guide

American Rights at Work Launches Union-Made Guide

Our friends at American Rights at Work (ARAW) have just launched a new feature to help consumers find union-made products. The Union Shop: A Guide to What’s Union-Made (click here) breaks products into sections from Apparel to Home Improvements, Sweets and Snacks and many more to help buyers use their purchasing power to support good U.S. jobs.

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Join the 99% Spring Training and Take a Swing for Economic Justice

Join the 99% Spring Training and Take a Swing for Economic Justice

This is the 99% Spring and you can join the more than 100,000 activists from unions, community, faith and other progressive groups to take the economy back from the 1% and challenge corporate greed. Starting Monday, April 9, and running through April 15, hundreds of training sessions around the country are set for activists to learn how to take back the economy.

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Book Tells Stories of SNCC Women with ‘Hands on the Freedom Plow’

Photos by Rick Rheinhard

A new book, Hands on the Freedom Plow, tells the stories of 52 women who joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the early 1960s to combat the blatant and pervasive racism and injustice that infected the South. Three of those women told their stories today in an AFL-CIO forum in Washington, D.C.   

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Group Says Daimler’s Stance on H.B. 56 Encouraging, But Repeal’s the Goal

Union and civil rights activists said they were “encouraged” today when German automaker Daimler—one of Alabama’s major employers with its Tuscaloosa County Mercedes-Benz plant—acknowledged it had engaged other businesses and state and federal lawmakers in discussions about Alabama’s draconian anti-immigrant law, H.B. 56.

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Check Out the Union Members Behind a Great Food Bank and Cable Cars

Two new features on our website introduce you to union members who are helping families in the Reading, Pa., community and who keep San Francisco's iconic cable cars running.

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CREW Calls for Criminal, Bar Probes in Flynn NLRB Case

The FBI should open a criminal investigation into the conduct of Terence Flynn, a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), says the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) in a letter to the FBI. CREW also asked the D.C. Office of Bar Counsel to determine whether Flynn violated professional responsibility rules for lawyers.

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Unmasking of Fake Union Organizer Offers Glimpse of Conservative Sting Efforts

Want a peek into the dirty tricks of the right-wing activists who stitch together phony “exposés” and doctored videos like the one the late Andrew Brietbart used to attack former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod? Michael Powell offers “an anatomy of a political sting” at an East Harlem community organizing group that included an elaborate website and fake Facebook page with a detailed, but phony, biography.

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Flash: Minimum Wage Too Damn Low

Who says economic policy has to be wonkish and dry? Not John Schmitt, senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). He gets right to the point in his new report, “The Minimum Wage Is Too Damn Low.”

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National Day of Action for Public Transportation

Tomorrow, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) around the nation will join in the National Day of Action for Public Transportation organized by Occupy Boston. ATU President Larry Hanley says public transportation is critical to our nation’s economic recovery.

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