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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: 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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Take a Look at Machinists' Photo Contest Winners

Take a Look at Machinists' Photo Contest Winners

The Machinists (IAM) unveiled the winners of the union’s annual photo contest with this year’s theme “IAM members at work.” The first place winner (above) was taken by Donnie Rogers, IAM Local Lodge 2535, Magellan Aerospace, Middletown, Ohio. It shows Local 2535 member Ed Baker handling a part cut by a water jet that will be welded into a cone for an Airbus A340 jet engine.

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In Wisconsin: Trumka Joins Union Members for GOTV Drive

In Wisconsin: Trumka Joins Union Members for GOTV Drive

On their way to punch in on Thursday, workers at Miller Brewing Co.’s Milwaukee plant were met by fellow union members, handing out leaflets and talking to them about why Mary Burke is the best candidate for governor for working families. One of those union members at the plant gate was AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

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Call Now So You Don’t Get Creeped Out on Election Night

When Creepy the Clown elicited only screams and door slams during his first precinct walk, he knew he had to find another way to move voters to get out the vote and support working family candidates on Election Day.

 

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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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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 family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Postal Unions Set Day of Action to Protest Service Cuts, Mail Delays

Postal Unions Set Day of Action to Protest Service Cuts, Mail Delays

The nation’s four postal unions are mobilizing a National Day of Action on Nov. 14, to send a powerful message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the United States Postal Service Board of Governor’s: Stop Delaying America’s Mail.

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Yale Graduate Employees Rally for Recognition, Negotiations

Yale Graduate Employees Rally for Recognition, Negotiations

More than 1,000 Yale University graduate student employees, their allies and elected officials rallied on the Yale campus last week calling on the university’s administration to recognize their union and negotiate.

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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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The Koch Sisters on Paid Sick Days

Unlike the Koch brothers, the Koch Sisters know what it's like to have a job without paid sick days. It's common sense to support paid sick days, says Karen Koch.

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