Payday Flying Out to Cover GM Strike – Help Us Cover Travel Costs


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Our work is having a national impact. The New York Times has cited our work and one of our photos got over a million views on twitter!

So far, we’ve been in Rochester, Cleveland, and Spring Hill, Tennessee – help us stay on the road.

Between, 3 last-minute plane tickets to cover the expanding strike ($950), over a week of hotel rooms ($800), paying a camerman for a week ($1000) as well as food,gas, and beer, we have been able to provide coverage that no one else has. However, this type of coverage is expensive and we need your help to provide it.

The national media once again is following our lead and we wanna do more time on the road than any other outlet.

We were the first national outlet to cover the news of the brewing West Virginia teachers’ strike back in December 2017. Thanks to reader donations, we were one of a handful of outlets with a reporter on the ground in all five states with teachers’ strike last year:  in West VirginiaOklahomaArizona, Kentucky and North Carolina.

We were on the ground when the UAW was defeated at Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi in the summer of 2017; filing more stories than any other outlet in the US. We were there on the ground in Chattanooga when the UAW was defeated earlier this summer; once again filing more stories than another other national outlets.

We intend to lead like we always do on the General Motors strike, but we need your help as readers to cover our travel costs.

Donate today and help us cover this story.

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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