11 Tenn. GM Strikers Arrested – Payday Going Down to Investigate

This week, 11 GM strikers were arrested at GM’s plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee for blocking a scab from entering the plant. 

According to a video released by a fellow striker, the arrests appear to be “bullshit”. The story is a big deal in the press in Tennessee. Anti-union forces are using it to defame unions in Tennessee. The Spring Hill plant is a little less than 2 hours away from the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, where workers are still fighting to unionize after losing by only 29 voters in June. 

So, Payday has decided to go back to Tennessee, where we found out and present an accurate story of what’s happening in Tennessee. 

This trip will be expensive and likely cost $600-700 in airfare and hotel accommodations, but setting the record straight could pay huge dividends for the labor movement. 

So donate and help us cover the costs of covering the truth about whats happening to workers in Tennessee.

Love and Solidarity, 


About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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