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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.

Come to the Fair, the Citizenship Fair

Photo by Craig Martell/Flickr Creative Commons

Are you or someone you know eligible for U.S. citizenship? If so, on Saturday, June 28, the AFL-CIO national headquarters in Washington, D.C., is the place to be to get your citizenship process started (don't worry about missing the World Cup, we'll be playing the games on a big screen). The AFL-CIO will host a naturalization fair (10 a.m.–2 p.m.), helping green card holders apply for citizenship and immigrant youth apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and DACA renewal.

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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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Watch TWU, ATU Members Rally for Jobs and Transit Funding

The Highway Trust Fund that helps states pay for transportation and transit construction and upkeep is running out of money and layoffs could begin in July. Late last month, more than 1,000 Transport Workers (TWU) and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) members and their allies rallied on Capitol Hill to urge Congress to replenish the Highway Trust Fund and reauthorize the Surface Transportation Act. Here’s the TWU video of the action.

 

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First N.J. Labor School Grad Runs for Congress

Norcross (center) with New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan (left), New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech.

Since the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates School opened its doors in 1997, New Jersey union members have taken the campaign and political skills they learned there and used them to win 781 local and state offices.

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Moral Monday to Highlight Workers’ Rights

North Carolina AFL-CIO photo

On June 16 when Moral Monday actions reconvene at the state Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., the spotlight will shine on workers’ rights that have been under attack by the extremist North Carolina legislature.

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Huhtamaki Workers Stand Up for Safe Working Conditions at California Paper Products Plant

Waterville Huhtamaki workers show their support.

That Starbucks cup that held your morning skim latte or the Chinet paper plates you’ve got packed up for a picnic this weekend were likely made by workers at one of Huhtamaki’s 21 plants in the United States, where more than 3,500 people work for the global Finnish packaging and paper products corporation.

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

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Low-Wage Federal Contract Workers Move Closer to $10.10 an Hour

The more than 200,000 food service, cleaning and other low-wage workers employed by federal contractors across the nation are closer to getting a raise to $10.10 an hour. The Labor Department today issued a proposed rule to implement President Barack Obama’s February executive order requiring federal service and construction contractors to pay workers a minimum of $10.10 an hour.

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L.A. Mayor Garcetti Tells Lionsgate ‘Listen Up’

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) with mebmers of AFM Local 47

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is listening up, and wants Lionsgate and other film production companies that take taxpayer dollars but send musicians’ jobs overseas to do the same.

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California Ruling Ignores Real Factors Behind School Performance

Earlier this week in a suit financed and backed by corporate and wealthy benefactors—including those with investments in charter schools and educational technology—a California judge ruled that the state’s teacher tenure and seniority-based layoff statues were unconstitutional.

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