Help a Broke Labor Reporter Afford a Vacation in West Virginia

New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia (Fred Wolfe)

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We have done a lot of amazing work this year. Our work on systemic racism and the Tree of Life Synagogue Massacre was nominated for an Emmy and our work exposing the cover-up of sexual misconduct in my own union was featured in The New York Times.

Just last week, we passed 1,500 strikes tracked since the beginning of the pandemic as the “Retail Worker Rebellion” grows with walkouts happening at retail locations nearly every day. 

Recently, though, I have become sick with complex stomach issues that have lasted for several months, which has been aggravated by stress, particularly financial anxiety. It would be great to take two weeks off and just relax and continue my recovery.

If I can raise enough money, I may even go on a little trip to visit some friends in West Virginia. Unfortunately, I get the most anxiety when it comes to vacations because I lose money. 

Approximately half of Payday’s $7,000 monthly budget comes from our more than 600 recurring donors and that helps support a staff of two as well as overhead. The other half of it comes from money that we raise online every month. 

So when I take time off to unplug, and stop fundraising, I wind up losing a ton of money and vacation is not very relaxing. 

If you can, donate today so we can jump back into covering the Retail Worker Rebellion. 

Sign up, as well, to become one of our 614 recurring donors to continue on a path of sustainability. 

Thank you for your donations.

Love & Solidarity, 


About the Author

Mike Elk
A protege of the late Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered the labor movement & the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his $70,000 NLRB settlement from being fired in the union drive at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: [email protected]

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