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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.

Fewer Groceries for Today’s Minimum Wage Worker

This video from Time.com tracks the value and purchasing power of the minimum wage since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first minimum wage law in 1938 as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act, through 22 times Congress has raised the federal wage; the last time was in 2009.

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Robin Williams Used Humor for Good Causes

Actor and comedian Robin Williams—a two-time Screen Actors Guild Award winner—was “not only a talented man, but a true humanitarian,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard. Williams, 63, died Monday in an apparent suicide, according to authorities.

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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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Reconnecting McDowell Set to Build Housing to Attract Teachers

Reconnecting McDowell Set to Build Housing to Attract Teachers

In 2011, AFT spearheaded the launch of Reconnecting McDowell, an unprecedented public-private partnership to improve educational opportunity and address complex social and economic problems in the community of McDowell County, W.Va. Now in an effort to help attract teachers to this central Appalachia community, Reconnecting McDowell will construct a new housing development in the town of Welch.

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116 Win Union Plus Scholarships

116 Win Union Plus Scholarships

The 2014 Union Plus Scholarship program has awarded 116 union members and union family members $150,000 in higher education scholarships, ranging from $500 to $4,000. Click here to see the scholarship winners and their unions.

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Golden Gate Bridge Workers Trying to Bridge the Gap, but Management Balking

IFPTE photo

The 450 workers in the 13 unions that comprise the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition have authorized a strike if a new agreement cannot be reached. The ferry deckhands and captains; bus servicers and mechanics; bridge ironworkers and inspectors; and construction tradesmen and women have been working without a contract since July 1.

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AFGE Stands in Solidarity with Postal Workers’ Staples Boycott

AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. says:

Every AFGE member, every member of the AFL-CIO, every union member in this country is standing with the American Postal Workers. We are not shopping at Staples. We are not selling the United States mail.

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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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‘Keep Calm and Muddle Through’ Wrong Solution to Retirement Crisis

Most all of us know someone—or may even be someone—who worries about having enough economic strength through savings, pensions, Social Security, health insurance and other resources to retire. When the paychecks stop coming in we don’t want to rely on help from our families, drastic cuts in spending or be forced back to work.

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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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