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 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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