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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.

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

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Postal Unions Set Day of Action to Protest Service Cuts, Mail Delays

Postal Unions Set Day of Action to Protest Service Cuts, Mail Delays

The nation’s four postal unions are mobilizing a National Day of Action on Nov. 14, to send a powerful message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the United States Postal Service Board of Governor’s: Stop Delaying America’s Mail.

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Yale Graduate Employees Rally for Recognition, Negotiations

Yale Graduate Employees Rally for Recognition, Negotiations

More than 1,000 Yale University graduate student employees, their allies and elected officials rallied on the Yale campus last week calling on the university’s administration to recognize their union and negotiate.

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

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The Koch Sisters on Paid Sick Days

Unlike the Koch brothers, the Koch Sisters know what it's like to have a job without paid sick days. It's common sense to support paid sick days, says Karen Koch.

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Make a Plan to Vote: It’s Easy

Make a Plan to Vote: It’s Easy

Election Day is a week away, but you still have time to make a plan to vote. It’s easy and we’ll help you. Go to our Make a Plan Tool and map out when you’ll vote, how you’ll get to your polling place and we'll send you reminders to make voting and Election Day even easier.

Make a plan to vote today!

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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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‘No to Fast Track’ Campaign Aims at Returning ‘Lame Ducks’

‘No to Fast Track’ Campaign Aims at Returning ‘Lame Ducks’

The AFL-CIO and its member unions launched a unique “station domination” ad campaign aimed at stopping possible congressional action on “Fast Track” trade authority legislation in the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress.

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

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Maine’s Mike Michaud: A Worker for Governor

United Steelworkers (USW) member Mike Michaud knows what it’s like to work for a living and that every paycheck counts. After all, he spent nearly 30 years working at Great Northern Paper Co. In Maine, Michaud, who is running for governor, is the candidate who cares about working people. Watch this video from the USW.  

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