Help Us Cover Nurses & Steelworkers Striking in W.V Town

1,000 unionized nurses are striking at Cabell Huntington Hospital starting tomorrow. Pictured here during a rally infront of the hospital in 2019 (The Herald-Dispatch)

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1,000 hospital workers are striking at Cabell Huntington Hospital this week.  Nearly 500 steelworkers in Huntington, West Virginia have been on strike at Special Metals already for 4 weeks in Huntington.   

(Read one of our dispatches on their strikes in Huntington, West Virginia here)

With only 50,000 people living in Huntington, West Virginia, having nearly 1,500 workers out on strike is sure to have a huge impact. 

This could be a landmark strike movement in this small West Virginia town that could mobilize more support nationwide for the growing strike movement. We need your support to cover it.

Donate today so we can travel to cover these strikes in West Virginia. 

More than a year and a half ago, Payday was the first outlet to identify a massive strike wave, beginning when we launched our Payday Report Strike Tracker in March of 2020. 

Since then, we have recorded more than 1,600 strikes and walkouts. 

And while commentators suddenly started dubbing October #Striketober because of strikes at John Deere, Kellogg, and the retail workers walking off every day without the assistance of unions, we at Payday have been reporting on this unprecedented wave of strikes for a year and a half.

Many commentators and journalists failed to pick up on the strike wave because the walkouts were fundamentally different from walkouts in the past. Instead of calling upon unions and going on traditional strikes, many non-union workers organized on social media and simply walked out. 

(See our July 2020 longform piece “How Black & Brown Workers Are Redefining Strikes in the Digital COVID Age,” which outlined how the mainstream media and even left-wing outlets were failing to pick up on the strike wave.)

Our work covering these walkouts has had an enormous impact, with NPR to The Economist to The Washington Post citing our reporting. 

Boots Riley, who directed the hit film “Sorry to Bother You,” also extensively praised our work in noting the strike wave when few people did. 

“You could count on one hand the number of outlets, whether they’re mainstream or radical, that pushed this fact,” Riley said of our work tracking more than 1,600 strikes since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Just this month, Esquire called our work tracking the strike wave “invaluable,” and PBS American Portraits, Vice, and Columbia Journalism Review have all profiled our trailblazing work tracking the strike wave. 

As a small, crowdfunded publication, we have had a major impact, and now we want to do even more in covering these strikes in West Virginia.

Donate to help us pay for airfare, hotels, gas, rental cars, and so much so that we can cover this strike wave. 

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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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