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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.

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Wisconsin Photo ID Law Threatens Right to Vote for 300,000. Gov. Walker’s Fine with That

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UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 9 blocked Wisconsin from implementing the nation’s strictest voter photo ID law.  Click here to read our coverage of the decision.

On Election Day, some 300,000 registered voters in Wisconsin could have their voices silenced. And that’s exactly what Gov. Scott Walker (R), the Republican-majority state legislature and their corporate and extremist backers had in mind when they passed the restrictive voter photo ID law in 2011.

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Mark Begich Is the Right Choice for Alaska's Working Families

Mark Begich Is the Right Choice for Alaska's Working Families

In the U.S. Senate race in Alaska, there is a stark contrast between Sen. Mark Begich and Dan Sullivan. Which candidate is better for working families?

For one, Dan Sullivan supports right to work, which lowers wages and benefits for workers. And if that wasn't enough, Sullivan also came out against raising the federal minimum wage.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Monday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Monday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Coloradans Rally Around Working Family Candidates

Take look at this video of Colorado working families kicking off their Labor 2014 mobilization to elect candidates who support policies that protect or expand our rights, raise wages and work for an economy that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy few. In Colorado, two of those candidates are Mark Udall for the U.S. Senate and John Hickenlooper for governor.

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248,000 New Jobs Drop Jobless Rate to 5.9% in September

248,000 New Jobs Drop Jobless Rate to 5.9% in September

The economy added 248,000 new jobs in September, a big increase over the 180,000 jobs added in August. The unemployment rate fell to 5.9% compared to 6.1% in August, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Wisconsin Voter ID: Here’s What You Need

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This election year Wisconsin voters have to deal with several new voting restrictions passed by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker (R). 

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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