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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.

Senate OKs Jobless Benefits Renewal, Tell the House to Do the Same

Senate OKs Jobless Benefits Renewal, Tell the House to Do the Same

More than three months after House Republican leaders allowed the Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits program to expire, nearly 2.8 million jobless workers have lost their economic lifeline. Monday, the U.S. Senate gave those workers a ray of hope when it passed (59-38) a bill reviving the program for long-term jobless workers. Now it is up to the House to keep that hope alive.

Call your House members today at 845-809-4509 and urge them to pass the emergency unemployment benefits extension now.  

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Equal Pay Day: Bridging the Pay Gap Takes 3 Extra Months of Work

Photo via Women Employed/Twitter.

Women have to work more than three extra months to earn what men earn in a year because, on average, they make 77 cents on the dollar compared to men’s earnings. Today, Equal Pay Day, marks the day women workers close the 2013 pay gap.  

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Obama to Sign Order Strengthening Equal Pay Rules

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Lilly Ledbetter

In a move to boost wage equality and help close the wage gap between men and women (about 23 cents on the dollar), President Barack Obama will issue an executive order tomorrow that will apply some provisions of the Paycheck Fairness Act to federal contractors. The order, according to news reports, will be signed at a White House ceremony marking Equal Pay Day, which signifies how far a woman must work into 2014 to earn the same as a man did in 2013 alone.

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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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#2Million2Many: Day of Action to Stop Deportations, April 5

#2Million2Many: Day of Action to Stop Deportations, April 5

Immigrant groups and their allies in the labor, faith and civil rights communities will hold a national day of action Saturday, April 5, to urge the Obama administration to suspend deportations—more than 1,000 a day—that are tearing apart immigrant families. 

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USPS–Staples Privatization Scheme ‘Bad Deal’ for Consumers, Workers

Illustration by Berkeley Post Office Defenders

On Saturday, the Postal Workers (APWU) members take their fight against the U.S. Postal Service’s latest privatization scheme to Elmwood Park, Ill., where, with union and community allies, they will demonstrate outside a Staples store. The USPS began contracting out postal services to Staples in October through “postal” counters in the stores staffed with low-wage Staples employees.

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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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Economy Adds 192,000 Jobs in March, Unemployment Rate Remains at 6.7%

Economy Adds 192,000 Jobs in March, Unemployment Rate Remains at 6.7%

The economy added 192,000 jobs in March, but the unemployment rate remained at February’s 6.7% level, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. March’s job gain outpaced February’s 175,000 increase but is still far short of what is needed to dig the economy out of the job hole left by the Great Recession.

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Health Care for Millions at Risk Under House Republican Bill

Health Care for Millions at Risk Under House Republican Bill

Workers who thought their employers might be incentivized to provide health care coverage by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are out of luck if a bill that just passed the House (248-179) makes it any further. 

The ACA imposes penalties on larger employers that do not offer affordable, adequate health care coverage to employees who work 30 hours a week or more. 

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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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