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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.

Walmart’s Raise for Workers ‘Proof Collective Action Works’

Walmart announced today it was giving its lowest-wage workers a raise to at least $9 an hour by April and $10 an hour by 2016. The retailer’s action comes after Walmart workers have been increasingly vocal and active over Walmart’s low pay, benefits, working conditions and treatment. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the announcement: [after the jump]

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Keep the TPP Off the Fast Track

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In a guest column in the Detroit News, Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift outlines the flaws in the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP trade agreement and the “fast track” authority President Obama is seeking for approval of the deal.

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Global Unions Defend Right to Strike

Global Unions Defend Right to Strike

In events and rallies around the world Wednesday the global labor movement acted together to defend the right to strike of workers everywhere. That basic labor right says the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is under attack by employer groups at the International Labor Organization (ILO)   

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Trumka Says Injunction Against Obama’s Immigration Executive Action a ‘Temporary Setback’

Trumka Says Injunction Against Obama’s Immigration Executive Action a ‘Temporary Setback’

A federal judge in Texas Monday temporarily blocked President Obama's November executive action on immigration. The judge’s action threatens immigration relief for as many as 4 million people. The Obama administration will appeal the ruling. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement.

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NorCal IBEW Local’s Organizing Stewards Set for Big Year

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At Northern California’s large Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245, three dozen new “organizing stewards” in the class of 2015 have big plans for the coming year, says Eric Sunderland. Without a major election on the calendar, he says:

We should be able to do some serious movement-building this year.

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Healthy Families Act Would Let Workers Earn Paid Sick Days

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There are at least 43 million U.S. workers who cannot earn a single paid sick day and have to decide between losing wages or even risking their jobs to take care of their own illness or a sick family member. On Thursday, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced the Healthy Families Act that would give workers the opportunity to earn up to seven paid sick days they could use for personal illnesses or to take care of sick family members.

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New Bipartisan Bill Cracks Down on Currency Manipulation

New Bipartisan Bill Cracks Down on Currency Manipulation

A bipartisan group of senators and representatives unveiled legislation Tuesday to clamp down on countries—like China—that cheat trade law by manipulating their currency. That cheating has cost millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs and is a major reason for the massive U.S. trade deficit.

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Ohio Nurse Who Spoke Out for Rights Wins Defamation Verdict Against Hospital

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Ann Wayt, a 38-year veteran registered nurse with a “spotless record” who was illegally fired and then defamed in retaliation for her outspoken patient advocacy and support for her union, was awarded more than $2 million in damages in a defamation suit against the hospital—one of the most notorious anti-union hospital chains in the country, according to the National Nurses United (NNU).

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Working America Health Care: Your Guide to Health Insurance by ACA’s Feb. 15 Deadline

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For people without health insurance, Feb. 15 is the deadline to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If you haven’t enrolled and are confused by the many options and plans available from dozens of insurance companies, Working America—our community affiliate for people without a union—is ready to help you navigate the system and find the best option for you and your family.

The Working America Health Care program gives you access to licensed professionals who can help you weigh the health plan options in the Health Insurance Marketplace (aka HealthCare.gov) to determine what's best for you and your family.

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Christie Says ‘NO!’ to Buy American

Christie Says ‘NO!’ to Buy American

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) made it very clear last week where he stands on American jobs and Buy American provisions in state laws—he’s firmly against them. He didn’t veto just one Buy American bill, he vetoed five Buy American bills that passed the New Jersey Legislature with bipartisan support.

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