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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: 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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Kaptur Finds New 'Harvest of Shame' on N.C. Tobacco Farms

FLOC photo

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) recently got a firsthand look at deplorable working and living conditions that thousands of tobacco farm workers in North Carolina endure. She was part of a delegation that included two members of Britain’s Parliament, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) President Baldemar Velasquez, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre and several AFL-CIO Union Summer interns who are taking part in FLOC's "Respect, Recognition, Raise" campaign and fight for a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, respect in the workplace and union recognition. Kaptur wrote about her findings in a column for The Nation

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Tell Congress to Restore the Voting Rights Act

Tell Congress to Restore the Voting Rights Act

Forty-nine years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and that has been a cornerstone of the civil rights movement, by ensuring that every American citizen, regardless of race or language, has equal access to the vote. But about a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act

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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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Edna Nominations Due by Aug. 28

Edna Nominations Due by Aug. 28

The deadline for nominations for the Berger-Marks Foundation’s annual Edna Award is Aug. 28. The $10,000 award recognizes young women making a mark in labor, women’s and other social justice movements.

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Family Leave Turns 21, Now It’s Time for Paid Sick Leave

Photo via National Partnership for Women and Families

Since the Family and Medical Leave Act took effect Aug. 5, 1993, the groundbreaking law has been used 100 million times and has helped 36 million workers keep their health insurance and jobs while taking care of a newborn child, themselves or a family member during a serious illness.

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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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Union Sportsmen's Alliance Teams with Interior for National Parks Repair

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The Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior have partnered to match union members’ skills with projects to rebuild, renew and restore our country’s national parks, national wildlife refuges and other public lands alongside youth and veteran conservation corps.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

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Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Economy Adds 209,000 Jobs in July

Economy Adds 209,000 Jobs in July

The economy added 209,000 jobs in July, down from June’s increase of 288,000 new jobs, and the unemployment rate was 6.2%, slightly up from June’s 6.1%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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