Help Payday Travel to Cover Oklahoma Teachers’ Strike on April 2nd


After filing 13 stories on the West Virginia Teacher’s Strike and finally 14 stories on the #PA18 special election, I really needed a vacation (especially considering that I canceled mine in August to file 15 stories on the Nissan union election).

Now, we need your help to go cover the Oklahoma Teachers’ strike on the ground beginning April 2nd.

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We have to raise $1,200 to afford the flights, hotels, rental car, and gas that will allow us to cover the strike.

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Inspired by the teachers’ strike in West Virginia, teachers in Oklahoma, who are the 49th lowest paid in the country, have threatened to strike on April 2nd unless they receive a raise of $10,000 a year and their school support staff receive raises of $5,000 a year.

With teachers throughout the country engaged in increasingly militant actions after the victory in West Virginia, the fight in Oklahoma could be a turning point for the national labor movement.

As a labor publication, Payday works to report and define labor news for our 900-plus donors — dues-paying members who number among the most influential people in the labor movement.

We need to be on the ground in Oklahoma just like we were in Mississippi during Nissan, in West Virginia during the West Virginia teachers’ strike, and throughout the entire congressional district during the #PA18 Special Election.

But we need you as readers to pitch in and help us raise $1,200 so we can pay for gas, hotel rooms, rental cars, and taco-making supplies. (I’m still just a taco making apprentice, so who knows how many tortillas I may burn!).

So pass the hat, spread the word, and get Payday to Oklahoma. Donate. 


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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