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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.

Postal Workers Rally to Stop USPS/Staples Privatization

Postal Workers Rally to Stop USPS/Staples Privatization

Postal Workers (APWU) members from eight midwestern states rallied outside a Staples store in Altoona, Iowa, Thursday evening as part of a drive to stop the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS's) privatization of retail operations. USPS is contracting services to Staples, with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees.

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Musicians Strike Up the Band to Make Lionsgate ‘Listen Up’

Musicians Strike Up the Band to Make Lionsgate ‘Listen Up’

Yesterday, we told you how musicians who make the music for scores that are so vital to a movie’s story and success are coming together to challenge production companies like Lions Gate Entertainment (Lionsgate) that are shipping American musicians ’ jobs overseas. Here are some photos from the kick off actions of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) Listen Up campaign.

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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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Tell Lionsgate It Has the Score Wrong. Stop Sending Musicians’ Jobs Overseas

Tell Lionsgate It Has the Score Wrong. Stop Sending Musicians’ Jobs Overseas

One of the most iconic American symbols is the National Football League. This week Lionsgate Entertainment is releasing a movie about what is probably the second most popular day for football fans after the Super Bowl—“Draft Day.” But Lionsgate did something decidedly un-American for this film. It shipped American musicians’ jobs overseas—to Macedonia.

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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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Tell the House It’s Time to Act on Restoring Unemployment Benefits

Tell the House It’s Time to Act on Restoring Unemployment Benefits

Since House Republican leaders allowed the Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits program to expire in December, nearly 2.8 million jobless workers have lost their economic lifeline. The Senate passed a renewal of those vital benefits on Monday and that means the ball’s back in the House of Representative’s court and lawmakers need to hear from you that jobless Americans can’t wait any longer. 

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All Senate Republicans Say ‘No’ to Paycheck Fairness

Photo via Florida AFL-CIO

Most Republican lawmakers say they believe in fair and equal pay for women. But a day after Equal Pay Day, when Republican senators had a chance to vote for a bill that would have gone a long way to achieving that goal, not a single one cast a vote to just allow debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, let alone pass it.

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Workers’ Actions Bring Change to Walmart

Workers’ Actions Bring Change to Walmart

When workers at Walmart began mobilizing to make changes at the world’s biggest employer—one with the deserved reputation of disrespecting its workers and slapping down any attempt by workers to influence workplace policies—most folks’ initial reaction was “well, good luck with that.”

But it wasn’t good luck that brought about some recent workplace changes at Walmart. 

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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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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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