Help a Broke Labor Reporter Take a Summer Vacation

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It’s the Fourth of July weekend and I am absolutely exhausted from all the hard work we have put into Payday over the last few weeks, including on a major expose that’s about to drop. I was hoping to take about five days off and return back to work next Wednesday, refreshed and ready to cover the labor movement.

However, self-employed labor reporters don’t enjoy paid holidays. If I don’t crowdfund or freelance, I simply don’t make money, which makes vacation not very relaxing at all. 

We need you to donate so that I can free myself from crowdfunding for the next five days and relax. With long COVID, it’s been hard getting back to work, and I am looking forward to getting some rest. If we raise money, maybe I’ll even go on a day trip up to Erie or catch some ballgame. 

Once, we get back we will do the kind of high-impact reporting that we always do. 

Payday Report’s Strike Tracker has tracked more than 2,000 strikes since March, 2020. It has been cited on the front page of The Washington Post, featured on NPR’s All Things Considered Labor Day broadcast, and profiled on PBS American Portraits

Esquire described our work as “invaluable,” The New York Times called us a publication with “new energy,” and last year our work on CNN’s United Shades of America was nominated for an Emmy

Sign up as one of our 702 recurring donors to provide us with a sustainable base of funding.

Donate today so I can enjoy a five-day break

Love & Solidarity,


About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing over 1,800 stories from 46 states, Elk was the only American reporter in the room with Lula on the morning of the election & traveled with him to the Oval Office. 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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