Payday Tracks Its 1,400th Strike as “Retail Worker Rebellion” Grows

Payday Report' Strike Tracker has tracked more than 2,000 strikes since March of 2020 (Payday Report)

Payday Report has now recorded its 1,400th strike since we began tracking strikes at the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020 with the latest strike coming from Topeka, Kansas where over 500 Frito-Lay workers went on strike this Monday

The strike movement is now picking up momentum as the “Retail Worker Rebellion” grows. 

In recent weeks, we have seen a huge spike in strikes as videos of retail workers walking off the job go viral on platforms like Tik Tok, encouraging workers at other locations to post similar videos when they decided to walk off. In April alone, a record 649,000 retail workers quit their jobs as they are demanding more from their employers. 

On the Fourth of July weekend, we saw nearly a dozen walk-offs. In Ohio, Del Taco workers walked off the job, stating they “will not work for a company that does not care.” Lifeguards in Maine walked off the job after a lifeguard captain was demoted for asking for pay raises. Dill Pickle workers walked off the job in Chicago, with worker Kevin Taylor saying “At the end of the day, it’s standing up for what’s right.” 

Now, more than 2,000 Kroger workers voted to strike in Arkansas. 

(For a full listing of the ten strikes that we recorded over the Fourth of July weekend, check out our newsletter from yesterday.)

The Retail Worker Rebellion is growing and Payday needs your help to track it. 

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Thanks again for all the support folks. 

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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