Help Us Cover the Strike Wave This Fall

6,000 Seattle Teachers Go on Strike (Seattle Education Association)

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For the past month, we have seen a steady uptick in strikes. After analyzing the data from Payday Report’s Strike Tracker, we have found that strikes more than doubled in August compared to July. 

In July, Payday Report’s Strike Tracker counted 50 walkouts across the country. This August, we counted 106 walkouts. And, already this September, we have seen large strikes emerging. 

Fifteen-thousand nurses are striking in Minnesota, along with the nearly 7,000 teachers currently on strike in Seattle. This strike follows the nearly 5,000 teachers who struck in Columbus in late August

As with past strike waves, when workers get high-profile attention for large strikes like these, it often inspires more people to head out to the picket line and strike. 

Like previous waves, the mainstream media is once again ignoring this uptick in strikes. However, as a result of Payday Report’s Strike Tracker, we know the signs of a significant strike wave are on the horizon.

Payday has shown a consistent ability to impact the conversation about workers organizing.  Last year, The Washington Post cited our work tracking strikes in a front-page cover story. The New York Times described us as a publication with “new energy.” PBS American Portrait profiled our work tracking the strike wave, and Esquire described our work as “invaluable.”

If you can, donate to help us continue to track this upcoming strike wave

Or, please, sign up as one of our 721 recurring donors today. 

Thanks again for all the support & suggestions.

Love & Solidarity,


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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