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 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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