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 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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