Elk to Speak at DC NewsGuild Lunch on Fri. April 20th about Okla. & W.V. Teachers’ Strike

On Friday April 20th, Payday Senior Labor Reporter Mike Elk will host a lunch at the Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild Headquarters at 1225 Eye Street Suite 300 across Franklin Square from the Washington Post in downtown Washington, D.C.

Elk will talk about his on-the-ground experience covering the West Virginia teachers’ strike, Oklahoma teachers’ strike, and labor’s defeat of the “right-to-work” agenda in the #PA18 special election in his native Westmoreland County.

Lunch will be provided during a mealtime community discussion to which are all invited.

Over the past year, Elk has spent more time on the ground and filed more dispatches in these major labor fights than any other labor reporter:

  • He has recently returned from Oklahoma where he filed a combined 13 dispatches between his publication Payday Report and the Guardian, where he also works.
  • In West Virginia, Elk filed over 14 dispatches on the historic teachers’ strike.
  • In the #PA18 special election in Westmoreland County, Elk was on the ground the entire time and filed 14 dispatches.
  • Finally, during last year’s historic union defeat at Nissan in Canton, Mississippi, Elk filed 15 dispatches between Payday Report and the Guardian.

A member of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, Elk was illegally fired during the union drive at Politico in 2015 and used his NLRB settlement to start Payday Report. The publication, which has now grown to more than 900 subscribers, brings in over $40,000 dollars a year.

In addition to his work at Payday Report, Elk also regularly files dispatches for the Guardian.

Payday invites all to come to join us this Friday at the Washington Baltimore NewsGuild for this special discussion. You can stream the event on Facebook and Instagram, who knows, you may pick up a few free instagram followers who have similar interests to you!

Social media and platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, in particular, have now been considered some of the “go-to” places for people to learn about what’s going on in the world, with businesses and individuals alike constantly seeking to avoid hashtag mistakes in order to boost their reach in the competitive world of social media. And, when it comes to events like this, everyone always wants to know more. And if you’re the person sharing all the details, it provides you with a prime opportunity to get more instagram followers in the process, as well as interacting with other people who share in the same beliefs. These can also be through certain tools online, but it’s best to make sure they are legitimate and work well through reviews before investing in them. For an example of a tool, you can find a mr. insta review here. Good, right? This is a positive use of social media, to educate and enlighten people of current affairs! So, make sure you go and check out these platforms on Friday.

People wishing to attend can RSVP on facebook here.

If you are unable to attend but still want to contribute to Payday’s mission of covering news deserts and reporting on labor struggles, please pass the hat and donate.

About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered everything from Lula & the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball. He spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian and was labeled by the New York Times as an "abrasive gadfly" for exposing within the labor movement. Raised in a UE union family in Pittsburgh, Elk was illegally for union organizing at Politico in 2015 and used his NLRB settlement to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and is fluent in both Pittsburghese and Portuguese, which he learned when attending journalism school at PUC-Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]

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