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!
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.