Help a Broke Labor Reporter Recover from COVID

Payday is a George Bailey style community supported labor publication. We really need your help this holiday season.

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Rough news, I tested positive for COVID and am actually quite ill. Given previous pneumonia and lung issues, I am quite worried about this getting more serious. I am quite disoriented and cant really focus to watch a movie – let alone crowd fundraise during our crucial year-end fundraising period.

It couldn’t come at a worse time as we prepare for our holiday fundraising blitz, which we were hoping to use to pay off some medical bills. Right now, the doctors say I need to rest though and when I am recovered, we will get back to tracking strikes.

Since March of 2020, Payday Report’s Strike Tracker has documented more than 1,700 strikes. Our work covering these walkouts has had an enormous impact, with NPR to The Economist to The Washington Post citing us on a front-page cover story. In 2021, The New York Times even described Payday Report as a publication with “new energy”. 

Anyhow, hopefully, I get my energy back soon and can get back to strike tracking, but appreciate your support so I can rest and not fundraise for the next couple weeks.

Please donate so I can take some time off at the end of the year and rest. 

And if you can sign up as one of our 650 recurring donors today. 

Thanks for all the support. 

Love & Solidarity, 


About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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