Elk Talks Organizing in West Virginia on FAIR’s CounterSpin

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CounterSpin ran a special Labor Day episode on Friday that included a 2012 interview with Payday Report Senior Labor Reporter Mike Elk. The program is produced by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting and broadcast on over 130 noncommercial radio stations across the nation. Elk discussed how intellectuals and even people sympathetic to labor can cover working-class people like himself in patronizing ways.

Elk concluded the half-hour show in remarks that begin at the 23:45 mark. Also in the episode were Restaurant Opportunity Center co-founder Saru Jayarman, Aviva Chomsky, the author of Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, syndicated columnist Holly Sklar, Worker Rights Consortium Executive Director Scott Nova, and West Virginia lawyer Bruce Stanley, who sued former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship in several high profile cases.

Check out the show here and the full 2012 interview in which Elk also talked about the Crystal Sugar Lockout in Minneapolis.

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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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