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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: 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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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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Rally Urges Court to End Pregnancy Discrimination

Rally Urges Court to End Pregnancy Discrimination

No one should have to choose between their job and the health of their pregnancy. Peggy Young was forced to do just that in 2006 when she became pregnant and her employer, UPS, refused to accommodate her with light duty as her doctor recommended. She was forced to take unpaid leave and go without her employer-provided health coverage.

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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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Put Union Plus Discounts on Your Holiday Shopping List

Photo by Poulet Sue via Flickr Creative Commons

It’s easy to get into the better-to-give-than-receive generous holiday shopping spirit. But it doesn’t hurt to save a few bucks, too, and Union Plus can help you stretch your holiday budget with money-saving discounts and special deals exclusively for union families.

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Serving Solidarity on Thanksgiving

Serving Solidarity on Thanksgiving

Thanks to some holiday solidarity and support from their fellow union members, about 135 families of Machinists (IAM) Local 219 members who have been on an unfair labor practices strike since Oct. 1 were able to enjoy full Thanksgiving dinners. The workers are employed by government sub-contractor AllSource Global Management at Bluegrass Army Depot, south of Lexington, Ky.

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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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Black Friday Actions Biggest Ever for Walmart Workers

Black Friday Actions Biggest Ever for Walmart Workers

Walmart workers’ fight for justice and an end to retaliation against workers who speak out for better working conditions and pay reached historic heights on Black Friday, with an estimated 1,600 actions and strikes at Walmart locations around the country, including workers’ sit-down strikes at Walmart stores in Southern California and the District of Columbia.

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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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UNLV Exhibit Spotlights Culinary Union's 80-Year Fight for Vegas Workers

1976 strike at Caesar’s Palace

Culinary Workers Local 226 in Las Vegas has been a major force in the fight for workers’ rights and justice since its founding in 1935. On Dec. 4, that 80-year history will go on display in a new exhibit at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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