Help Payday Stay on the Ground to Cover Arizona’s Teachers Strike

$1,482 / $1,600

Due to a big haul during the last week, Payday has brought in $1,482 to cover the costs of our trip.

Between flights ($676 round trip), accommodations for a week ($547), rental car ($193), gas ($73), and food (easily over $100), we are still $319 short of breaking even on this trip without dipping into our reserve fund need for our expansion and positive action hiring plan.

Labor reporting is time intensive and expensive, but the stories of voices on the ground are so valuable to our movement. So please, if you can give $20, try to give $50. This is a significant strike action that will involve many voices that are historically underrepresented, and their words must be heard. Please donate.

Over the past year, Payday has spent more time on the ground and filed more dispatches during the four biggest labor fights than any other news publication:

  • Mike Elk has recently returned from Oklahoma, where he filed a combined 13 dispatches between his publication Payday Report and the Guardian, where he also works.
  • In West Virginia, Elk  filed over 14 dispatches on the historic teachers’ strike.
  • In the #PA18 special election in Westmoreland County, Elk was on the ground the entire time and filed 14 dispatches.
  • Finally, during last year’s historic union defeat at Nissan in Canton, Mississippi, Elk filed 15 dispatches between Payday Report and the Guardian.

We want to do the same in Arizona, but we are counting on your help in order to do it. Pass the hat and donate today.

About the Author

Mike Elk
A protege of the late Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered 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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