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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.

Happy Labor Day! Now Let’s Raise Wages

Happy Labor Day! Now Let’s Raise Wages

Today we celebrate Labor Day, a day to honor the men and women who work hard every day to support their families, pay their bills, educate their kids, save for retirement and fight to make America’s economy work for everybody.

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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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Throwback Thursday: 250,000 March for Jobs and Freedom

Fifty-one years ago today, 250,000 people joined the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., AFL-CIO Vice President A. Philip Randolph, labor and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, UAW President Walter Reuther and countless Americans marched for equality, jobs and freedom. That march became a pinnacle of the civil rights movement, symbolizing hope and the power of united action.

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Check Out the ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’ Labor Day Marathon

Check Out the ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’ Labor Day Marathon

This Labor Day, the Sportsman Channel and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) are teaming up to salute the American worker and the nation’s young people who are America’s future workforce with a three-hour “Brotherhood Outdoors” Labor Day marathon Sept. 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT on the Sportsman Channel.

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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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Coalition Urges Police Changes Following Ferguson Shooting

Photo by Elvert Barnes/Flickr Creative Commons.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined a diverse group of organizations and leaders from all walks of life in signing on to a letter to President Barack Obama calling for real solutions after the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. 

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How Would Raising the Minimum Wage Affect You? Here’s What You Said

How Would Raising the Minimum Wage Affect You? Here’s What You Said

Yesterday, we asked you how raising the minimum wage would affect you and thepeople you know. We’ve had a huge response from our AFL-CIO mobile supporters. Here’s a small sample of what you’ve said so far.

Don’t forget you can still send us your story by texting LABOR to 235246.

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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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San Diego City Council Overrides Minimum Wage/Paid Sick Days Veto

Bill Walton addresses "Don't Sign It" rally.  Raise Up San Diego photo.

The San Diego City Council Monday voted to override Mayor Keven Faulconer’s veto of the recently passed ordinance that boosted the city’s minimum wage and requires employers to provide paid sick days to workers.  But some business owners have mounted a campaign to overturn the law. 

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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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