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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.

Pa. County Commissioners’ Group Withdraws Paycheck Deception Resolution

Image via Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Facebook page.

Pennsylvania working families and their allies took a big step last week in their fight to stop paycheck deception legislation. Following a statewide mobilization aimed at county commissioners, one of the most influential groups supporting the anti-union bill backed off, significantly slowing momentum for the legislation.

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New Jersey AFL-CIO’s Brennan Honored as ‘Trailblazer’

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Laurel Brennan, secretary-treasurer of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, received the Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award on March 30. The award is named for Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) late mother and is given annually to New Jersey women for their outstanding contributions to the state and their advocacy on behalf of New Jerseyans.

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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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Ryan Budget: Same Stuff, Different Year (Yawn)

Ryan Budget: Same Stuff, Different Year (Yawn)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released the Republican budget plan today that can be described best by the famous quote from baseball philosopher Yogi Berra, “Déjà vu all over again.” Yep, it’s the same old tired—uh, we’ll call it stuff—Ryan and the Republicans have been trying to peddle for years.

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Hey, Congress, Do What’s Right: Give America a Raise

Gale Hamilton works two jobs and is going to college to better herself and help her family. But she, and millions of others like her, needs a raise. Minimum wage increase legislation in Congress that faces stiff Republican opposition is a good place to start. This morning in Springfield, Ill., she told a Give America a Raise bus tour rally: 

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Introducing Anti-Unionol!

From the makers of Wage-B-Gon and Retire-Not, this new anti-worker suppository reduces economic equality and the middle class. Find out if it's right for you. Click here to learn more about Anti-Unionol.

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Border Mass Commemorates Desert Deaths, Prays for Immigration Reform

Image via Archdiocese of Boston/Twitter

On the U.S.–Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz., on Tuesday, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border and Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, will celebrate Mass on behalf of the nearly 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998.

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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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Made in America: Union-Made Easter and Passover

Made in America: Union-Made Easter and Passover

Easter’s still a ways off, but if you want to get a head start on a union-made-in-America treat-filled Easter basket and other accoutrements, here’s a good place to start from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411. Passover begins this year at sundown April 14 and runs through April 22. As you plan your holiday observances, here are some union-made-in-America recipe ingredients and drinks you may want to include in your seder and throughout Passover. 

Want more union-made-in-America shopping lists? Text MADE to 235246. 

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Avoiding NAFTA’s Job-Killing Mistakes

Avoiding NAFTA’s Job-Killing Mistakes

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) turns 20 this year. Some 700,000 jobs have been lost, income inequality, the U.S. trade deficit and environmental and other problems have grown because of NAFTA in the past two decades. On Thursday, a panel of trade experts will hold a Capitol Hill briefing on NAFTA's failed trade model and how to avoid the mistakes of the past in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  

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