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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: 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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At Last, Sunday Football! And It Comes with a Union Label

Photo by Craig Hawkins via Flickr/Creative Commons

The first Sunday of the NFL season is here—the world champion Seattle Seahawks kicked off the action Thursday with a 36–16 win over the Green Bay Packers. But while we are settling into our recliners and couches or at our favorite sports bar, thousands of union members, on and off the field, are making sure the games run as smoothly as Peyton Manning’s two-minute drill.

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

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Jobless Rate Drops to 6.1%, but Just 142,000 Jobs Added in August

Jobless Rate Drops to 6.1%, but Just 142,000 Jobs Added in August

The economy added 142,000 jobs in August, down from July’s increase of 209,000 new jobs, but the unemployment rate dipped slightly to 6.1% compared to July’s 6.2%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Biden Praises Shipyard Workers as ‘Best in the World,’ Cites Apprenticeships, Training

Via Vice President Joe Biden's Twitter account

Vice President Joe Biden called the nearly 5,000 workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard—most of whom are members of unions in the AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department—“the best in the world,” during a visit to the Kittery, Maine, facility Wednesday.

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‘Throwback Thursday’: 1960 Stagehands at Work

This week’s “Throwback Thursday” feature takes us back to 1960 in an AFL-CIO film that goes backstage for a close look at the work the members of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) perform from “play in” to curtain up. 

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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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Ruling Grounds Norwegian Air’s ‘Rogue’ Operation

Photo by MillborneOne via Wikimedia commons

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday blocked a scheme by Norwegian Air International to fly in and out of U.S. airports while at the same time—through a series of corporate maneuvers—evading Norway’s strong labor and social laws and the airline’s existing collective bargaining relationships with its own employees. DOT’s ruling, said Ed Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD):

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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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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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