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
A protege of Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered Lula & the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of retired United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he was once described as an "abrasive gadfly" by the New York Times for his role in exposing sexual misconduct in the labor movement. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: [email protected]

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