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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.

Chicago Rail Car Bidders Must File U.S. Jobs Plan

Chicago Rail Car Bidders Must File U.S. Jobs Plan

When the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) begins modernizing its fleet with more than 800 next generation rail cars to replace its aging rolling stock—an estimated $2 billion project—bidders on that work will have to provide the number and type of new U.S. jobs they will create related to the production of the new rail cars. The U.S. employment provision is the result of the new Build Chicago partnership agreement reached between the CTA and the Chicago Federation of Labor.

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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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Tell President Obama It’s Time to Provide Administrative Relief for Immigrant Workers and Families

Tell President Obama It’s Time to Provide Administrative Relief for Immigrant Workers and Families

This week working families are urging President Obama to take executive action to stop the crisis that is tearing apart immigrant families. 

Sign a petition calling on Obama to provide broad administrative relief for our families.

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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 family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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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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Tobacco Growers Rep Resigns Following Punching Incident

FLOC photo

Last week, we reported on an incident caught on video where a representative of the North Carolina Growers Association (NCGA) punched an organizer from the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in the face during an outdoor meeting with workers. Now, FLOC reports that the NCGA accepted the resignation of the representative identified by BuzzFeed and FLOC as Paul Saffle.

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Will Republicans Vote to Export U.S. Jobs?

Photo of Bring Jobs Home Rally, courtesy of the United Steelworkers

Republican senators have a golden opportunity today to show whose side they are on. In a vote on the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2569), the GOP can come down on the side of America's workers who are seeking good, middle-class jobs in an economy that’s not creating enough of them, or they can choose to stand with the corporations that ship U.S. jobs overseas.  

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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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New Jersey Union Members Learn ‘Common Sense Economics'

New Jersey State AFL-CIO photo

In New Jersey Monday, eight union members took part in the state’s first “Common Sense Economics” training, which at its core, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, has “a clear, simple message: Raising wages works.”

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Massachusetts Domestic Workers Win Nation’s Strongest Bill of Rights

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Housekeepers, nannies, caregivers for the elderly and other domestic workers in Massachusetts now are protected by the nation’s fourth and most comprehensive Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights.

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