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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.

Pay Attention! Work Zone Ahead

Pay Attention! Work Zone Ahead

As we gear up for our July 4 and beyond summer travels, remember, we’re not the only ones on the road. Tens of thousands of men and women—many who are members of the Laborers (LIUNA), Operating Engineers (IUOE), Electrical Workers (IBEW) and other unions—go to work every day on construction and repair projects on and along our highways, roads and bridges. Pay attention!  

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 609 people died in highway work-zone crashes in 2012—an increase of 19 fatalities compared to 2011.

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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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Nurses Hold Bake Sale to Buy Wheelchairs

Metro DC Council photo

Kenneth A. Samet, the CEO of the 10-hospital MedStar Health system, brought in $6.3 million in FY 2011, but Stephen Frum, an RN at the chain’s largest hospital—MedStar Washington Hospital Center—says, “Patients are routinely transported in broken wheelchairs, if we can find a wheelchair at all.” That’s why this week they held a bake sale to raise funds to buy wheelchairs and other basic supplies.

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

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LIUNA: Fix Our Bridges, Roads; Fund the Highway Bill

LIUNA photo

With the Highway Trust Fund running out of money, thanks to congressional inaction, crucial highway and bridge repair projects could be shut down starting this summer. On Monday, the Laborers (LIUNA) launched a 22-city “Getting Schooled in Infrastructure” tour to spotlight the need to pass a long-term, full-investment highway bill this year in order to keep the nation’s roads and bridges from falling into even more dangerous disrepair.

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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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Since 2010, New Laws in 22 States Restrict Right to Vote

Since 2010, New Laws in 22 States Restrict Right to Vote

Since Republicans gained control of many state legislatures in the 2010 elections, 22 states(see map above)—nearly all of them in the South and the Midwest—have rolled out new restrictions on the right to vote. Voters in many of those states were protected by a key section of the Voting Rights Act that covered parts of 16 states with long histories of voter discrimination until the U.S. Supreme Court overturned it in 5–4 ruling last year.

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Loudly and Proudly, Moral Monday Calls for Workers’ Rights

 

After a North Carolina judge struck down the “imminent disturbance” gag rule aimed at silencing Moral Monday demonstrators, more than 1,000 rallied for workers’ rights at the state Capitol yesterday evening. Several hundred, led by North Carolina union members, marched into the building loudly chanting and singing their demands that the legislature roll back its extremist measures that have attacked voting rights, education, the environment, unemployed workers, health care and women's rights.

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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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Come to the Fair, the Citizenship Fair

Photo by Craig Martell/Flickr Creative Commons

Are you or someone you know eligible for U.S. citizenship? If so, on Saturday, June 28, the AFL-CIO national headquarters in Washington, D.C., is the place to be to get your citizenship process started (don't worry about missing the World Cup, we'll be playing the games on a big screen). The AFL-CIO will host a naturalization fair (10 a.m.–2 p.m.), helping green card holders apply for citizenship and immigrant youth apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and DACA renewal.

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