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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.

July 4 Made-in-America BBQ Shopping List

July 4 Made-in-America BBQ Shopping List

A week from today, we’ll be gathering with families and friends for the nation’s birthday, July 4. Many of us will celebrate with a barbecue. We can keep the red, white and blue in the holiday with this made-in-America, union label backyard barbecue checklist, compiled from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), the LA Labor 411's websiteUnion Plus and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

To get more made-in-America product lists right to your phone, text FLAG to 235246.

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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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Labor Hits $10 Billion Goal for Clinton Global Initiative Jobs and Infrastructure Investment

Labor Hits $10 Billion Goal for Clinton Global Initiative Jobs and Infrastructure Investment

In 2011, the American labor movement made a pledge to the Clinton Global Initiative to raise $10 billion over the following five years to invest in the nation’s crumbling infrastructure and to boost the sagging job market. Yesterday, two years ahead of schedule, that pledge was fulfilled.

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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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Give Veterans the Health Care They Deserve, Staff the VA

The recent revelations of long waiting lists for military veterans seeking treatment at Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities and of management cover-ups has prompted AFGE to again call on Congress to fully staff the VA in order to provide the health care veterans deserve.

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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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Pay Attention! Work Zone Ahead

Pay Attention! Work Zone Ahead

As we gear up for our July 4 and beyond summer travels, remember, we’re not the only ones on the road. Tens of thousands of men and women—many who are members of the Laborers (LIUNA), Operating Engineers (IUOE), Electrical Workers (IBEW) and other unions—go to work every day on construction and repair projects on and along our highways, roads and bridges. Pay attention!  

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 609 people died in highway work-zone crashes in 2012—an increase of 19 fatalities compared to 2011.

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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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Nurses Hold Bake Sale to Buy Wheelchairs

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Kenneth A. Samet, the CEO of the 10-hospital MedStar Health system, brought in $6.3 million in FY 2011, but Stephen Frum, an RN at the chain’s largest hospital—MedStar Washington Hospital Center—says, “Patients are routinely transported in broken wheelchairs, if we can find a wheelchair at all.” That’s why this week they held a bake sale to raise funds to buy wheelchairs and other basic supplies.

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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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