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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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Executive Council Says New Coal Dust Standard Will ‘Save Miners’ Lives’

Executive Council Says New Coal Dust Standard Will ‘Save Miners’ Lives’

A new standard that limits miners’ exposure to the coal dust that causes black lung “will save miners’ lives,” said the AFL-CIO Executive Council in a statement approved today at the council’s summer meeting at AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Senate Passes Highway Funding Bill, But House Balks

Senate Passes Highway Funding Bill, But House Balks

The Senate, with a large bipartisan majority, passed (79–18) legislation Tuesday to keep money flowing into the Highway Trust Fund and keep hundreds of thousands of workers on the job building and repairing the nation’s highways, bridges and other transportation projects. It also sets the stage for coming to an agreement for a long-term solution before the year is out. But House Republican leaders say they will not vote on the Senate bill.

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

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

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AFGE: Veterans' Health Care Bill 'Critical First Step' in Addressing VA Failures

Spurred by the recent revelations about long waiting lists, denied critical health care for military veterans, management cover-ups and other serious problems at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and health care facilities, Senate and House leaders have agreed on veterans' health care funding and reform package.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday 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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Good News for All Americans in Social Security, Medicare Reports

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The annual reports from the Social Security and Medicare Trustees released today “have good news for all Americans,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Social Security and Medicare will be there for us and our families if elected leaders listen to the American people and reject calls to cut benefits. Instead of undermining these crucial programs, we must build on their success and adopt measures to strengthen and expand them.

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Chicago Rail Car Bidders Must File U.S. Jobs Plan

Chicago Rail Car Bidders Must File U.S. Jobs Plan

When the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) begins modernizing its fleet with more than 800 next generation rail cars to replace its aging rolling stock—an estimated $2 billion project—bidders on that work will have to provide the number and type of new U.S. jobs they will create related to the production of the new rail cars. The U.S. employment provision is the result of the new Build Chicago partnership agreement reached between the CTA and the Chicago Federation of Labor.

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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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Tell President Obama It’s Time to Provide Administrative Relief for Immigrant Workers and Families

Tell President Obama It’s Time to Provide Administrative Relief for Immigrant Workers and Families

This week working families are urging President Obama to take executive action to stop the crisis that is tearing apart immigrant families. 

Sign a petition calling on Obama to provide broad administrative relief for our families.

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