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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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. 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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