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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.

Boosting Minimum Wage to $10.10 Means a Raise for 6.8 Million Latinos

Courtesy of UFCW.

Nearly 6.8 million Latino workers would benefit if Congress raises the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, according to the new AFL-CIO study Closing the Gap to the American Dream. While Latinos comprise 16% of the country’s workforce, they make up nearly one-quarter of the workers who would be positively affected by raising the minimum wage. 

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Photo via Lewis and Clark Humane Society

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Labor Educator Genevieve Meany Lutz Dies

Labor Educator Genevieve Meany Lutz Dies

Genevieve Meany Lutz, 83, a longtime staff member at the National Labor College, which was founded in 1969 by her father, former AFL-CIO President George Meany, died March 18 in Frederick, Md. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, “Genevieve made an indelible mark on the lives of students and labor leaders in her own right.”

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Wise Words from Labor Movement Women

Wise Words from Labor Movement Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are four great quotes on working-class activism from activist women spanning the 19th to 21st centuries. Feel free to copy and share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and via other social media.   

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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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OSHA Rule Would Limit Worker Exposure to Deadly Silica Dust

New Jersey Dept. of Health photo

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration held the first in a series of hearings on a proposed rule to limit workers’ exposure to silica dust. The current standard is 40 years old.   

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Trumka: House Should Vote Now on Senate Immigration Bill

Photo from Oct. 8 immigration rally in Washington, D.C.

The AFL-CIO today urged the House of Representatives to vote on the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill that passed overwhelmingly last June. In a statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

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K-E Double L! O Double Greed

When the Kellogg Co. locked out some 220 workers from its Memphis, Tenn., plant in October, it was another step in Kellogg’s corporate battle plan to replace steady, middle-class, full-time jobs in the United States and elsewhere with casual part-time employees who would make significantly lower wages and substandard benefits.

Today the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union stepped up its campaign to shed light on Kellogg’s Greed.

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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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Is Korea FTA Job Loss, Deficit Growth a Harbinger of TPP?

The U.S.–Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS–FTA) turns 2 years old Saturday and imports from Korea continue to flood into the United States, costing workers their jobs. Exports to Korea have failed to live up to the promises made when the agreement passed Congress, says United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo W. Gerard.

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