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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.

Watch Live Stream of National Summit on Wages

Watch Live Stream of National Summit on Wages

Be sure to tune in Wednesday on the AFL-CIO Now blog for the live stream of the first National Summit on Raising Wages. The summit, sponsored by the AFL-CIO, will examine concrete and progressive steps to raise wages for working people to help solve the dilemma of income inequality that plagues the United States.

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17 Things We Learned About Income Inequality in 2014, Including ‘Goodbye, Middle Class’

Center for American Progress

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About Income Inequality in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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Get Ready for First National Summit on Raising Wages

Get Ready for First National Summit on Raising Wages

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will deliver the keynote address during the first National Summit on Wages Jan. 7 in Washington, D.C. The summit—sponsored by the AFL-CIO—will examine concrete and progressive steps to raise wages for working people to help solve the dilemma of income inequality that plagues the United States.

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Tune In for ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’ Season Premier Jan. 4

"Brotherhood Outdoors" co-host Daniel Lee Martin, special guest Dan Riegler and co-host Julie McQueen are full of anticipation on Day 1 of their Idaho elk and mule deer hunt.

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance kicks off the seventh season of its award-winning TV series, “Brotherhood Outdoors,” with Missouri sheet metal worker Dan Riegler’s Idaho elk and mule deer hunt. The show airs Sunday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m. on the Sportsman Channel.

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NLRB Says McDonald’s Retaliated Against Workers for Speaking Out

Photo by Cathy Sherwin

McDonald’s and several of its franchisees have retaliated against workers who have taken part in the series of fast-food worker protests, according to complaints filed Friday by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel.

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When 59 Children Died on Christmas Eve 1913, the World Cried with the Town of Calumet, Mich.

It was the night before Christmas in 1913 in Calumet, Mich., and disaster was about to hit for the 7,000 miners and their families who had been on strike against the C&H Copper Mining Co. since July.

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Holiday Gift Shopping? Check Out These Union-Made in America Ideas

Holiday Gift Shopping? Check Out These Union-Made in America Ideas

It’s getting there, but it’s not too late yet to find that perfect holiday gift that carries a union label and is made in America. Below is a wide range of gift possibilities, from clothes to games to sports equipment and more, made by members of UNITE HERE, Boilermakers (IBB), Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), Machinists (IAM), United Steelworkers (USW), Teamsters (IBT), UAW, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/UFCW (RWDSU/UFCW) and United Farm Workers (UFW).

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SAG-AFTRA Members Choose Award Nominees

SAG-AFTRA Members Choose Award Nominees

The nominees for SAG-AFTRA’s 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in motion pictures and television were announced this week, with “Birdman” and “Modern Family” leading the list with nominations. 

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Potomac Disposal: ‘More for Me, None for You’

Potomac Disposal: ‘More for Me, None for You’

Under a contract with Montgomery County, Md., Potomac Disposal, Inc. collects trash from more than 40,000 households. Now Potomac is asking the county for a raise. But the company’s CEO says he has no intention of sharing any additional money it may receive from the county with its workers, members of Laborers (LIUNA) Local 657.

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NLRB Issues New Union Election Rule

NLRB Issues New Union Election Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today adopted a final rule that would alleviate the delays, inefficiencies, abuse of process and unnecessary litigation that plague the current system for workers who want to vote on whether to have a union. It will take effect on April 14. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

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