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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.

Get Ready to Help Letter Carriers 'Stamp Out Hunger'

Get Ready to Help Letter Carriers 'Stamp Out Hunger'

You can help “Stamp Out Hunger” by joining with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) union on Saturday, May 9, in its 23rd annual food drive—the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Last year, letter carriers collected more than 72 million pounds of food. Since the annual drive began in 1992, more than 1.3 billion pounds of food have been collected and distributed by NALC members and community supporters.

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Get Ready for DC Labor and Film Fests

Get Ready for DC Labor and Film Fests

The second annual DC LaborFest begins May and runs the entire month and includes the 15th annual DC Labor FilmFest, as well as labor arts, including music, theater, poetry, books, art and history. The DC LaborFest features one of the most well-established film festivals in the world dedicated to showcasing labor art and screening films featuring workers and workers’ issues.

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Trumka Details Labor’s Fight Against Fast Track and Bad Trade Deals

 In an extensive interview with Vox.com, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka outlines the labor movement’s fight against Fast Track, the flaws in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, the trade relationship between the United States and China and the shortcomings and negative impact on the middle class of the nation’s trade policy.

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Build the Roads, Don’t Kick the Can Down Them

Build the Roads, Don’t Kick the Can Down Them

Funding authority for the nation’s highway and transit programs (known as MAP 21) expires at the end of May and Congress needs to pass a long-term, fully funded extension, AFL-CIO Government Affairs representative Tom Trotter recently told a Capitol Hill rally.

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Trumka: Time to Abolish ‘Undemocratic’ Fast Track Process

In a hearing on U.S. trade policy Tuesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the Senate Finance Committee, “We don’t believe we can build strong and sustainable economic growth on a foundation of stagnant wages and disempowered workers.”

And a key component of a raising wages economy is a new approach to trade and globalization—one that puts good jobs, safe products and a clean environment at the center of global economic integration—not enhanced corporate power and profits.

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Rana Plaza, 2 Years Later: Garment Workers Under Siege

Solidarity Center photo

April 24 is the two-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,130 garment workers. The AFL-CIO Solidarity Center’s Tula Connell reports that in the months after the 2013 tragedy, global outrage spurred much-needed changes, including the closing of dozens of unsafe factories, the adoption of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety and, most significantly, the formation and recognition of workers’ unions by the Bangladeshi government.

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20 Years After Oklahoma City Bombing, Words Still Matter

Public domain photo by Staff Sergeant Mark A. More - DefenseImagery.mil

Sunday, April 19, was the 20th anniversary of the horrific bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building that claimed the lives of 186 people, including 99 government workers. In a column on The Huffington Post, AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. writes:

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Hyundai Supplier Hit with Federal Restraining Order over Firing, Harassing Safety Whistle-Blowers

A federal judge in Alabama issued a temporary restraining order Thursday against auto parts manufacturer Lear Corp.—a major supplier to Hyundai—that the U.S. Department of Labor charges fired one worker and sued her and harassed others for speaking out about safety concerns at the Selma, Ala., plant. 

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Fast Track Bill Introduced—Join the Drive to Stop Fast Track

Legislation granting Fast Track trade authority to President Barack Obama was introduced in the Senate today. In a statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

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Join Saturday’s National Day to Stop Fast Track

Working families across the country will be out in the streets on Saturday, April 18, to tell their members of Congress to oppose Fast Track legislation that is expected to be introduced as soon as today. Saturday’s action follows a big Capitol Hilly rally Wednesday where a coalition of union, environmental, consumer, faith, farm, business and good governance organizations urged a “No” vote on Fast Track.

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