Melk & Eskow Talk #HuntingtonStrikes, Bill Greider & New Sense of Solidarity

We are currently working on a longer piece on the strike of 500 Steelworkers at Special Metals in Huntington, West Virginia, but wanted to give you a preview of what we are doing. 

Late last week, Mike Elk sat down with RJ Eskow on the Zero Hour for a 35-minute discussion of the strikes in Huntington, West Virginia. Both natives of union families in the Rust Belt, they discuss how the pandemic and strike wave is reinvigorating a legacy of solidarity is being awakened once again in places like Huntington.

On the podcast, They discuss our latest dispatch from Huntington “1,000 W.V. Hospital Workers Strike to “Build Back Better”. Eskow and Elk discuss how the collective trauma of the pandemic has opened new opportunities for organizing. 

They also discuss the radical history of industrial unionism in the Ohio River Valley, where Huntington, West Virginia is located. 

Eskow and Elk also discuss their mutual friend and collaborator the late Bill Greider, and his optimism in American workers. Give the full 35-minute podcast episode a listen. 

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Thanks for all the support. 

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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