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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.

166 years After Seneca Falls, Working Women Live the Legacy of Collective Action

166 years After Seneca Falls, Working Women Live the Legacy of Collective Action

This weekend marks the 166th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention—the first women’s rights conference in the United States. Those women came together and launched a movement centered on equality and justice that, through struggle and collective action over the decades, achieved remarkable success.

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FLOC Organizer Punched: Tell Tobacco Firms to Curb Violence

FLOC photo

Last week on a North Carolina tobacco farm, Oscar Sanchez, a Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) organizer and “Respect, Recognition, Raise” campaign leader, was punched in the face by a representative of the Growers Association during an outdoor meeting with workers.

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Detroit Rally Aims to Turn the Water Back On

Photo by www.socialistalternatuve.com

Detroit is shutting off water to thousands of city residents with outstanding debts, even if their debt was incurred by previous owners or is only 60 days late. On Friday afternoon, hundreds of union members from local, state and national unions, community members and activists from the groups at the Netroots Nation conference will hold a march and rally to call for an immediate moratorium on the water shutoffs and restoration of water service to those who have had their water cut off.

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Perez: Unions in the ‘Vanguard’ of Winning Family Workplace Benefits

IBEW members John and Krista Brooks at the White House Summit on Working Families with Tina Tchen, executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. White House photo.

New York Mets All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy made headlines a few months ago when he chose to miss the first game of the season to be with his wife after she gave birth to their child. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez says Murphy’s story:

Is one about having the right priorities and being faithful to your values, even in the face of criticism. But his story is about something else very important—the power of membership in a strong labor union, which can use collective bargaining to secure paternity leave and other essential benefits.

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What’s Up with the New Southwest?

The 9,000 ground workers at Southwest Airlines—members of Transport Workers (TWULocal 555—have been working without a contract for three years. They report negotiations have made little progress on reaching an agreement. In this new video from TWU—"Profits Before People: The New Southwest Airlines"—workers talk about the change in culture at Southwest, the company’s take-back demands and what they hope to see in the new contract.

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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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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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Staples’ Announcement a 'Ruse,' Says APWU

Staples’ Announcement a 'Ruse,' Says APWU

The announcement by Staples yesterday, indicating it is terminating its no-bid deal with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program, “is a ruse,” says American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein. 

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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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Tell the House to Work on Long-Term Highway Trust Fund Solution

Tell the House to Work on Long-Term Highway Trust Fund Solution

The House is expected to vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to fund the Highway Trust Fund through May. While the real need is a multi-year reauthorization, this short-term reauthorization will keep workers on the job this summer and fall fixing our bridges, operating our transit systems and making our highways safer.

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