Articles by Mike Elk

Spike in Latino Workplace Deaths Has Many Worried About Trump Era

“Whenever there is an increase in the criminalization of undocumented workers, it puts more pressure on workers to stay in the job that they are in, to not complain, to look the other way when there are hazards,” Robele says. “If you are choosing between saying that you are not going to go up on a rough in harness and potentially being deported and separated from your children most people aren’t gonna risk that.”


Help Payday Afford Health Insurance – We Can’t Right Now

After only six months of organizing, we already have 114 monthly dues-paying readers contributing an average of $8.15 per month for a total $926 per month. At our current rate of growth, our one-and-a-half person operation will be fully sustainable within 12 months without any grant money. Having $5,000 will allow us to get through to the summer and apply for major grants.


3,000 S.C. Boeing Workers to Vote on Union – NC Public Workers Win BIG – Bipartisan Backlash Against Tenn. Outsourcing #OrganizeTheSouth

The Machinists’ latest move coincides with the United Auto Workers’ campaign to organize BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. (Volvo is also opening a 2,000 person plant in Berkeley County in 2018, which the UAW is almost certain to go after, as the Swedish automaker enjoys good relationships with unions.) The Machinists’ election could also open the door for more organizing at Boeing’s suppliers.




Payday on NPR Talking Kentucky “Right-to-Work” & Trump’s NLRB

This weekend, Payday Senior Labor Reporter was on NPR affailate WFPL in Louisville talking about how unions in the South are continuing to grow despite “right-to-work” legislation; gaining 150,000 union members last year alone.

However, Elk warns that if Trump dismantles the National Labor Relations Board that it will stop this organizing progress.