Help a Labor Reporter Afford a Holiday Vacation

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

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Holiday breaks are rough times for freelance labor reporters like me. Not only do we not have paid holiday vacations, but with most editors on vacation, there is no work to be had.

Worse, checks are often delayed because there is no one there processing them. (Currently, I am waiting on $900 worth of checks, which I fear won’t arrive till after the New Year).

So, I need your support to be able to enjoy what should be a basic human right: a holiday vacation.

The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” is ultimately a film about a successful crowdfunding effort that saved the Baileys when corporations failed. So in the spirit of that film, I ask you to give to our holiday vacation fund.

Donate Today (and if you can’t donate: spread the word on social media – that always helps).

Love and 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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