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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.

Hey, Congress, Do What’s Right: Give America a Raise

Gale Hamilton works two jobs and is going to college to better herself and help her family. But she, and millions of others like her, needs a raise. Minimum wage increase legislation in Congress that faces stiff Republican opposition is a good place to start. This morning in Springfield, Ill., she told a Give America a Raise bus tour rally: 

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Introducing Anti-Unionol!

From the makers of Wage-B-Gon and Retire-Not, this new anti-worker suppository reduces economic equality and the middle class. Find out if it's right for you. Click here to learn more about Anti-Unionol.

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Border Mass Commemorates Desert Deaths, Prays for Immigration Reform

Image via Archdiocese of Boston/Twitter

On the U.S.–Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz., on Tuesday, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border and Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, will celebrate Mass on behalf of the nearly 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998.

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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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Made in America: Union-Made Easter and Passover

Made in America: Union-Made Easter and Passover

Easter’s still a ways off, but if you want to get a head start on a union-made-in-America treat-filled Easter basket and other accoutrements, here’s a good place to start from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411. Passover begins this year at sundown April 14 and runs through April 22. As you plan your holiday observances, here are some union-made-in-America recipe ingredients and drinks you may want to include in your seder and throughout Passover. 

Want more union-made-in-America shopping lists? Text MADE to 235246. 

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Avoiding NAFTA’s Job-Killing Mistakes

Avoiding NAFTA’s Job-Killing Mistakes

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) turns 20 this year. Some 700,000 jobs have been lost, income inequality, the U.S. trade deficit and environmental and other problems have grown because of NAFTA in the past two decades. On Thursday, a panel of trade experts will hold a Capitol Hill briefing on NAFTA's failed trade model and how to avoid the mistakes of the past in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  

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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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IFPTE Members Help Make a 'San Francisco for Everyone'

Some 4,000 International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 21 members who work for the city of San Francisco help make that vibrant and diverse city work for everyone. This new IFPTE video, “A San Francisco for Everyone,” highlights a number of those workers who talk about how their jobs impact the city and its residents.

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NLRB Charges Kellogg with Unlawful Conduct in Memphis Lockout

The National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint Thursday against the Kellogg Co., charging the cereal maker with violating federal labor law in its more than five-month lockout of 22 workers at its Memphis, Tenn., plant. 

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Republican Bill Threatens Health Care for 1 Million Workers

Republican Bill Threatens Health Care for 1 Million Workers

House Republicans are expected to hold a vote next week on a bill that could cost as many as 1 million workers their employer-based health care. The Affordable Care Act imposes a penalty on larger employers that do not offer affordable, adequate health care coverage to employees who work 30 hours a week or more. The Republican bill would kick the threshold up to 40 hours a week.

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