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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.

Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Remarks for AFL-CIO/AFT Career and Technical Education Summit

Vice President Joe Biden via Wikimedia Commons, David Lienemann - White House (V011013DL-0556)

Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address at next week’s AFL-CIO/AFT Summit on Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development

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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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Jobless Rate Dips to 5.8%, with 214,000 New Jobs Added in October

Jobless Rate Dips to 5.8%, with 214,000 New Jobs Added in October

The economy added 214,000 jobs in October, down from September’s 248,000 new jobs, but the unemployment rate fell to 5.8% compared to last month’s 5.9%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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FairPoint Talks to Resume Nov. 18

Photo via Fariness at Fairpoint

Negotiators from striking union workers and from FairPoint Communications will return to the bargaining table Nov. 18 under the auspices of a federal mediator.

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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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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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Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage, Equal Pay and Other Ballot Measures Fare Well

Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage, Equal Pay and Other Ballot Measures Fare Well

In an election night that was rather disappointing for working families and their candidates, one bright spot was the success of several state ballot initiatives dealing with some core worker issues, including wages, equal pay, education and paid sick leave.  Here’s a quick look. 

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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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Take a Look at Machinists' Photo Contest Winners

Take a Look at Machinists' Photo Contest Winners

The Machinists (IAM) unveiled the winners of the union’s annual photo contest with this year’s theme “IAM members at work.” The first place winner (above) was taken by Donnie Rogers, IAM Local Lodge 2535, Magellan Aerospace, Middletown, Ohio. It shows Local 2535 member Ed Baker handling a part cut by a water jet that will be welded into a cone for an Airbus A340 jet engine.

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In Wisconsin: Trumka Joins Union Members for GOTV Drive

In Wisconsin: Trumka Joins Union Members for GOTV Drive

On their way to punch in on Thursday, workers at Miller Brewing Co.’s Milwaukee plant were met by fellow union members, handing out leaflets and talking to them about why Mary Burke is the best candidate for governor for working families. One of those union members at the plant gate was AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

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