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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.

NNU, AFT Urge Stronger Patient–Worker Protections in Ebola Treatments

NNU, AFT Urge Stronger Patient–Worker Protections in Ebola Treatments

In a letter to President Barack Obama about the growing concern over Ebola in the United States, the National Nurses United (NNU) urged the president to “invoke his executive authority” to order all U.S. hospitals to meet the highest “uniform, national standards and protocols” in order to “safely protect patients, all health care workers and the public.”

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Walker Says Minimum Wage Serves No Purpose

Walker Says Minimum Wage Serves No Purpose

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) doesn’t believe the minimum wage “serves a purpose.” Yes, that’s what he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board Tuesday. It should come as no surprise then that Walker also opposes raising the federal minimum wage from the $7.25-an-hour level where it’s been stuck since 2009.

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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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Kentucky Debate: Grimes Has Jobs Plan, McConnell Defends Gridlock

Photo via Alison Lundergan Grimes Facebook page.

Monday’s debate, between Alison Lundergan Grimes and Sen. Mitch McConnell in the race for McConnell’s U.S. Senate seat, “demonstrated the clear contrast, between Mitch McConnell, the self-proclaimed ‘guardian of gridlock,’ and Alison Lundergan Grimes, who offered sensible and compassionate responses coupled with an understanding of the challenges facing working Kentuckians,” said Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan.

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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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TWU Hitting the Streets for Working Family Candidates

As these videos from the Transport Workers (TWU) union show, working people across the country are gearing up to get out the vote and elect candidates on Nov. 4 who support policies that protect or expand our rights, raise wages and work for an economy that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy and CEOs. They are knocking on doors, making phone calls and talking to their friends, neighbors and co-workers. Take a look.

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Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

Wisconsin ACLU illustration

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked Wisconsin from implementing the nation’s strictest voter photo ID law that could have denied more than 300,000 registered voters the right to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Horrible: Supreme Court Allows North Carolina’s Voting Restrictions to Go Forward

North Carolina AFL-CIO photo

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday allowed key parts of one of the most restrictive voting rights laws in the nation to go forward. A federal appeals court had enjoined the provisions and North Carolina officials asked the Supreme Court to stay that ruling.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Photo via carmelrowley.com.au/blog

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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