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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: 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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Pa. County Commissioners’ Group Withdraws Paycheck Deception Resolution

Image via Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Facebook page.

Pennsylvania working families and their allies took a big step last week in their fight to stop paycheck deception legislation. Following a statewide mobilization aimed at county commissioners, one of the most influential groups supporting the anti-union bill backed off, significantly slowing momentum for the legislation.

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New Jersey AFL-CIO’s Brennan Honored as ‘Trailblazer’

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Laurel Brennan, secretary-treasurer of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, received the Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award on March 30. The award is named for Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) late mother and is given annually to New Jersey women for their outstanding contributions to the state and their advocacy on behalf of New Jerseyans.

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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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Ryan Budget: Same Stuff, Different Year (Yawn)

Ryan Budget: Same Stuff, Different Year (Yawn)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released the Republican budget plan today that can be described best by the famous quote from baseball philosopher Yogi Berra, “Déjà vu all over again.” Yep, it’s the same old tired—uh, we’ll call it stuff—Ryan and the Republicans have been trying to peddle for years.

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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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