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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 families' news we're reading today (after the jump).

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IFPTE Members Help Make a 'San Francisco for Everyone'

Some 4,000 International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 21 members who work for the city of San Francisco help make that vibrant and diverse city work for everyone. This new IFPTE video, “A San Francisco for Everyone,” highlights a number of those workers who talk about how their jobs impact the city and its residents.

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NLRB Charges Kellogg with Unlawful Conduct in Memphis Lockout

The National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint Thursday against the Kellogg Co., charging the cereal maker with violating federal labor law in its more than five-month lockout of 22 workers at its Memphis, Tenn., plant. 

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Republican Bill Threatens Health Care for 1 Million Workers

Republican Bill Threatens Health Care for 1 Million Workers

House Republicans are expected to hold a vote next week on a bill that could cost as many as 1 million workers their employer-based health care. The Affordable Care Act imposes a penalty on larger employers that do not offer affordable, adequate health care coverage to employees who work 30 hours a week or more. The Republican bill would kick the threshold up to 40 hours a week.

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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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See the 'Cesar Chavez' Movie, Then Urge Obama to Establish Chávez National Day of Service

The new bio-pic "Cesar Chavez," about the legendary founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW) farm labor movement and influential labor leader, opens today nationwide. The opening comes just days before his March 31 birthday, which is celebrated as a state holiday in California, Colorado and Texas and recognized in many other states with celebrations and volunteer public service events.

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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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NLRB Calls the Right Play: Northwestern Players Have the Right to Form a Union

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Northwestern University football players today won the right to form a union after National Labor Relations Board Chicago Regional Director Peter Sung Ohr ruled the players “all squarely fall within the [National Labor Relations] Act's broad definition of 'employee' when one considers the common law definition of 'employee.'"

Northwestern University has indicated it will appeal the decision.

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Washington Mudslide Disaster Relief Fund Established

The United Way of Snohomish County in Washington State, where the Oso mudslide killed at least 24, has established a disaster relief fund for those affected by the landslide. The death toll is expected to rise significantly, according to Gov. Jay Inslee.

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House Dems Move to Force Immigration Vote

House Dems Move to Force Immigration Vote

The House Republicans who claim they support immigration reform now have the opportunity not just to talk the immigration talk but to actually walk the walk.

Today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi introduced a discharge petition that, if the handful of Republicans who in the past have said they support immigration reform sign on to, would force an up or down vote on the bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed the Senate last June 68–32. House Republican leaders since then have bottled up the measure.

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