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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.

18,000 California Nurses Win Stronger Patient Care, Workplace Protections in New Kaiser Pact

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Some 18,000 California registered nurses, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), who work at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics are voting this week on a new contract. The agreement, reached after months of negotiations, will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care and provides breakthrough improvements in workplace protections.

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Trumka: Obama 'Forcefully Advocated for Working Families' in State of Union

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, "President Obama eloquently and forcefully advocated for working families throughout his State of the Union Address," last night. He also said:

The  president’s focus on raising wages through collective bargaining, better paying jobs, a fairer tax code, fair overtime rules, and expanded access to education and earned leave sent the right message at the right time.

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Play State of the Union Bingo and Follow Our Live Twitter Feed

Play State of the Union Bingo and Follow Our Live Twitter Feed

In his State of the Union address tonight, we’re hoping President Barack Obama will talk about raising wages, making sure Fast Track doesn’t mean more failed trade policies that will hurt workers and other vital working family issues. Watch the address or follow our live Twitter feed (after the jump) and play our #winSOTU bingo game to see what President Obama says about the state of our union for working families. You can download your bingo card here (and be sure to tweet with the #winSOTU hashtag).

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Can’t Be There? Follow Today’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference’s March via Twitter

Can’t Be There? Follow Today’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference’s March via Twitter

For the past four days, hundreds of union and civil rights activists have been honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the AFL-CIO’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference in Atlanta. Today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the conference wraps up with a special session highlighting the labor and civil rights communities’ commitment to building on King’s dream of racial, economic and social justice for all, followed by a massive march through downtown Atlanta.

You can follow the special session and the march on Twitter @aflcio with the hashtag #1uMLK.

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Will Obama Talk About Workers’ Concerns in State of the Union?

This morning we shared with you (click here) what workers want President Obama to talk about in his State of the Union address Tuesday evening. Now, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka weighs in with this audio message (see above) highlighting many of the president’s successes this past year. He also underscores the challenges working people still face and the work that needs to be done.

 

Listen to the message, then tell us what you want President Obama to talk about in the State of the Union address by texting WORK to 235246.

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Trash Haulers Strike and Stand Together, Win New Contract

Trash Haulers Strike and Stand Together, Win New Contract

After a 13-day strike, followed by two meetings with a federal mediator, trash haulers employed by Unity Disposal in Montgomery and Howard counties in Maryland have ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement.

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What Do America's Workers Want to Hear in President Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address?

When President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, America’s workers will be listening closely. Will he outline plans and solutions that will boost working families’ wages, protect workers’ right to bargain collectively, defend America’s jobs from unfair trade and more? See what the workers in the video above want to hear, then tell us what you want President Obama to talk about in the State of the Union address by texting WORK to 235246. 

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Time to Close Wall Street’s ‘Retirement Advice Loophole’

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There is a loophole in the rules that govern Wall Street brokers and financial firms that provide retirement investment advice that can drain away thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars of hard-earned savings from a single retirement account. Today, a coalition of senior, union and consumer groups launched a new website—SaveOurRetirement.org—to mobilize support to close the “Retirement Advice Loophole” through a new rule the U.S. Department of Labor is trying to adopt.

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Follow the Action from the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

Follow the Action from the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

Today kicks off the AFL-CIO’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference in Atlanta, where hundreds of union and civil rights activists will honor King’s life and legacy and the accomplishments of the civil rights movement and renew the commitment to carry on King’s fight for equality and justice. You can follow the action on Twitter @aflcio with the hashtag #1uMLK, and if you are attending the conference and want updates on speakers, panels and activities, text KING to 235246.   

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Delta Flight Attendants File Flight Plan for IAM Representation

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Nearly 12,000 Delta Air Lines flight attendants have signed authorization cards seeking union representation by the Machinists (IAM). More than two dozen Delta flight attendants hand-delivered those cards Tuesday to the National Mediation Board’s (NMB's) headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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