Payday Strike Tracker Reaches 1,950 Strikes – Child Care Walkout Across the US – 2,000 Cedars-Sinai Hospital Workers Strike 

Childcare workers strike in Kalispell, Montana

Folks, 

Greetings from the Burgh, where it’s a warm 72 degrees, and the Dodgers are in town for a 3 game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

Payday Records Its 1,950th Strike – Help Us Track More

This week, as hundreds of daycare workers go on strike as part of the Day Without Daycare, Payday recorded its 1,950th strike. 

Donate to help us keep the strike coverage going. And, please if you can, sign up as one of our 688 recurring donors today. 

Day Without Childcare Workers Shut Down Scores of Childcare Centers

Today, across the nation, childcare workers went on strike at scores of childcare centers to protest low wages and difficult working conditions. 

“People don’t view us as, like, real teachers. So, we’re here fighting for our profession for our right to a livable wage for people to treat us like the professionals that we are, and just to bring awareness to the fact that if we didn’t have childcare for a day, our economy would come to a grinding halt,” striking Montana childcare worker Barbara Otey told KPAX. 

For more, check out KPAX. 

2,000 Cedars-Sinai Workers Go on Strike in California 

At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA, over 2,000 workers are on strike over low pay and unsafe conditions. 

The medical center received a D rating from the independent medical watchdog Leapfrog Group. This is a downgrade from their previous C rating. Additionally, OSHA recently issued 7 citations against the employer. 

Workers say that low pay leads to high turnover, making conditions unsafe for patients. 

“We have employees who have been working here 15, 16 years who don’t even make $20 an hour,” striking worker Ed Gladney told KNBC.  “If my son can make more than me working at Target, something is wrong with that working here at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. And we’re willing to strike, to stand out here, to lose money for five days, in order to stand up and fight for what we believe in.”

For more, check out KNBC. 

Taco Daddy Employees Walkout in Downtown Frederick, Maryland 

After receiving paychecks with missing pay on Saturday afternoon, employees at Taco Daddy in Frederick, Maryland walked out of the restaurant over allegations of wage theft. 

“We all just kind of looked at each other and were like, ‘We’re doing this?’” bar manager Joseph Mackey told the Frederick News-Post. “Everyone agreed. Twelve people that day walked out of that building and locked the door.”

For more, check out the Frederick News-Post. 

News & Strikes Happening Elsewhere

Alright folks, that’s all for today. 

Donate to help us keep our Strike Tracker going as we celebrate our 1,950th strike. Please, if you can, sign up as one of our 688 recurring donors today. 

Send comments, ideas, tips, and links to [email protected] 

Thanks for all the support. 

Love & Solidarity, 

Melk 

About the Author

Mike Elk
A protege of Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh, where he grew up in a UE union household. Email: [email protected]

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