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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.

What’s Up with the New Southwest?

The 9,000 ground workers at Southwest Airlines—members of Transport Workers (TWULocal 555—have been working without a contract for three years. They report negotiations have made little progress on reaching an agreement. In this new video from TWU—"Profits Before People: The New Southwest Airlines"—workers talk about the change in culture at Southwest, the company’s take-back demands and what they hope to see in the new contract.

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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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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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Staples’ Announcement a 'Ruse,' Says APWU

Staples’ Announcement a 'Ruse,' Says APWU

The announcement by Staples yesterday, indicating it is terminating its no-bid deal with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program, “is a ruse,” says American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein. 

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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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Tell the House to Work on Long-Term Highway Trust Fund Solution

Tell the House to Work on Long-Term Highway Trust Fund Solution

The House is expected to vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to fund the Highway Trust Fund through May. While the real need is a multi-year reauthorization, this short-term reauthorization will keep workers on the job this summer and fall fixing our bridges, operating our transit systems and making our highways safer.

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AFT’s Calls for Staples Boycott During Convention

AFT photo via twitter

In Los Angeles, AFT protested U.S. Postal Service’s privatization scheme centered on establishing “postal counters” at Staples stores staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees. Delegates from AFT’s convention and members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and allies rallied Sunday in support of a boycott of Staples.

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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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Sacramento Unions Keep It Rolling in Toilet Paper Drive

Photo by Tia Gemmell via Flickr Creative Commons

Once again, unions from the Sacramento Central Labor Council joined forces with the United Way California Capital Region in the community group’s annual toilet paper drive that collected more than 161,000 rolls this year.

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Happy July 4! Let’s Keep It Made in America

UFCW members Tanya Mounts and Jackie Darr add the grommets to a large American flag at Annin’s Coshocton, Ohio, plant.

In honor of America’s birthday, July 4, for the past week we have been highlighting a wide range of union-made-in-America products and services. In case you are online this Independence Day, between parades, barbecues and fireworks, here’s a recap of our featured made-in-America products, from beer to tires to vacations and more.

Don’t forget to check out the vintage commercials in the posts.

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