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 and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing over 1,800 stories from 46 states, Elk was the only American reporter in the room with Lula on the morning of the election & traveled with him to the Oval Office. 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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