Help Us Cover Labor Mobilization to Fight Back Against Trumpism

Dozens of protesters march during the “Strike for Black Lives” in downtown Chicago on July 20, 2020. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

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With riots expected in the upcoming days, some in the labor movement are organizing in non-traditional ways to push back against the long term effects of Trumpism.  Donate today to help us do so.

We are entering an unprecedented period in American history, where the labor movement is likely to respond in non-traditional ways. 

After the Capitol riot last week, many of the rioters stayed at hotels in the DC area. Now, in an effort to stop this from repeating, UNITE HERE Local 25 is calling on DC hotels to close for everyone except security personnel. 

“We are calling on hotels in the DC region to close ahead of inauguration, unless they are hosting security personnel. Any hotel that stays open must permit workers to stay home and/or leave the moment they feel unsafe,” said UNITE HERE Local 25 in a statement. 

Flight attendants unions have also successfully called for getting Trump rioters put on the “No Fly List”. 

Other unions have vowed to engage in General Strikes if Trump refuses to leave office. 

Even beyond preventing riots, unions will have a great deal of work to do in organizing to roll back the long-term effects of Trumpism.  Payday hopes to be able to cover these efforts. 

Our work has been cited widely from outlets like NPR’s All Things Considered to The Economist to film director Boots Riley who praised our work tracking the largest strike wave in the U.S. since 1946. 

Now, we hope to be at the forefront of reporting labor’s mobilization to push Trump out of office. But to tell these stories of how workers are rallying against fascism, we need your help.  

Please donate today to help us cover labor’s fightback against fascism and Trumpism. 

If you can, sign up as a recurring monthly donor to help build our base of financial sustainability for the year ahead. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Love and 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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