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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.

223,000 New Jobs in April Dip Jobless Rate to 5.4%

223,000 New Jobs in April Dip Jobless Rate to 5.4%

The economy added 223,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 5.4% compared to 5.5% in March, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of new jobs is a big increase from March’s revised downward number of 85,000.

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A Trade Pact in the Corporate Interest

Fast Track is “a blank check for yet another ‘free trade’ deal, with the same inadequate safeguards as previous failed deals,” write AFL-CIO Chief Economist William Spriggs and Ralph Gomory, a New York University research professor and president emeritus of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in a recent Hufffington Post column.  

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Tufts Students' Hunger Strike Seeks Justice and Jobs for Janitors

Photo by Sofia Adams

Five students at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., are continuing their hunger strike that began May 3 to protest the university’s plan to cut its janitorial staff by 17%, by firing one in six janitorial workers in early June.

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Washington May Not Work, but the Government Does—Thanks to Workers

AFGE photo

Federal, state, county and local public employees are, says President Barack Obama in a proclamation honoring Public Service Recognition Week, “scientists and teachers, social workers and first responders—they are the leaders of today's progress and the innovators of tomorrow's breakthroughs.“

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150 Workers Will Die Today

150 Workers Will Die Today

Despite significant advancements in workplace health and safety in the 44 years since the Occupational Safety and Health Act become law, today and every day 150 people will be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and diseases. That and other sobering statistics about the preventable deaths and injuries workers face each day are in the 2015 edition of the AFL-CIO’s annual Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect released today.

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Join University of Maryland’s Labor History Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

From the Geroge Meany Memorial Archives

In 2013, the AFL-CIO donated the George Meany Memorial Archives from the National Labor College to the University of Maryland's University Libraries. That history of the AFL-CIO is recorded in 40 million documents packed in 20,000 boxes, taking up six miles of shelf space. This Friday, May 1, University of Maryland educators, students, workers and volunteers will tap into some of that massive collection for a Labor History Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at the Hornbake Library on the College Park campus or remotely online. 

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Raising Wages Is ‘Measuring Stick’ for Presidential Candidate Support, Trumka Declares

Raising Wages Is ‘Measuring Stick’ for Presidential Candidate Support, Trumka Declares

As the 2016 presidential battle begins to roll down the campaign trail toward Election Day 18 months from now, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, “The labor movement's doors are open to any candidate who is serious about transforming our economy with high and rising wages.”

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On Workers Memorial Day—Honor the Dead, Fight for the Living

On Workers Memorial Day—Honor the Dead, Fight for the Living

Today, on Workers Memorial Day, working Americans are gathering to commemorate those who have lost their lives due to workplace-induced illnesses and injuries and to demand stronger safety protections on the job. Click here to find a Workers Memorial Day event near you. In a statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

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Watch Trumka Set Bar for 2016 Candidates

Watch Trumka Set Bar for 2016 Candidates

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will deliver a major address today at 10 a.m., outlining the standards that working people will use to evaluate 2016 presidential candidates and highlighting raising wages as a key issue in the 2016 campaign. The live stream of the address will be available at http://go.aflcio.org/TrumkaSpeech and you can follow on Twitter with the hashtag #1uVote16.

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Infrastructure Week Spotlights Need to Renew, Rebuild

Infrastructure Week Spotlights Need to Renew, Rebuild

The AFL-CIO and more than 60 national and regional infrastructure and transportation advocacy groups will take part in Infrastructure Week 2015, May 11–15.

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