Help Us Cover a New Strike Wave This Fall

Teachers strikes are beginning to spread in Ohio - bringing back memories of West Virginia Teachers Strike (The Columbus Dispatch)

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According to a survey commissioned by Teamsters Local 320, out of 450 workers at the University, 62% of workers reported: “…not earning enough money to pay for basic expenses every month.” Another 12% reported experiencing homelessness at least once when working at the University. 

This fall, Payday Report’s Strike Tracker is beginning to see the early stages of a strike wave at education and healthcare institutions across the United States as people return from summer vacation. During the pandemic, many workers had long periods away from work and a lot of time at home with families. 

With summer ending, we are seeing an uptick in workers striking at institutions of higher education. To many, the teachers are heroes and parents, community members are rallying around them as parents did in Niles. 

In Seattle, more than 6,000 teachers are voting to strike, possibly beginning on September 7 when students are expected to return. This follows a 4,500 teachers’ strike in Columbus, Ohio last week. In Northern California  and Hawaii, more than 2,000 Kaiser Permanente therapists are on the picket line this week as well . (Check Out NPR All Things Considered for more on one of the largest therapists strikes in labor history)​​

1,500 largely Black immigrant workers in Minneapolis are threatening to strike at the University of Minnesota as well. 

According to a survey commissioned by Teamsters Local 320, out of 450 workers at the University, 62% of workers reported: “…not earning enough money to pay for basic expenses every month.” Another 12% reported experiencing homelessness at least once when working at the University. 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
A protege of Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered Lula & the drug war in Brasil, and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2015, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh, where he grew up in a UE union household. Email: [email protected]

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