Payday Tracks 2,100 Strike – S.C Dollar General Workers Strike – Hotel Workers Vote to Strike During Comic-Con

South Carolina Dollar General Workers Strike (Rise Up the South)


Greetings from the Burgh, where Payday tracked strike no. 2,100 when workers at Starbucks here in Pittsburgh picketed at three locations over the  weekend. 

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South Carolina Dollar General Workers Walkout 

While major retail outlets are unionizing, organizing has gone much slower at Dollar General, where there has only been a handful of walkouts and one failed union drive in Connecticut. However, this weekend, workers at Dollar General in South Carolina staged a walkout. 

“We’ve been asking Dollar General to do these things for months, but Dollar General didn’t listen until we threatened to go on strike,” Dollar General worker Taiwanna Milligan told the State. “We’re following through with this strike because we have more problems that Dollar General has to fix.”

For more, check out The State 

Biden Intervenes to Stop Railroad Strike 

With over 115,000 railroad workers  poised to strike, President Joe Biden has intervened to stop the walkout for at least 60 days. Biden convened an emergency board of arbitrators to recommend a potential contract settlement in the dispute. Railroad unions applauded the decision. 

“​​The Rail Unions remain united in their efforts, and are now working together in preparation of a unified case representing the best interests of all rail employees before the Presidential Emergency Board,” said the United Rail Union coalition representing more than 115,00 members in a statement. “Our unified case will clearly show that the Unions’ proposals are supported by current economic data and are more than warranted when compared to our memberships’ contribution to the record profits of the rail carriers.” 

For more, check out the AP 

Hotel Workers Vote to Strike During Comic-Con

Comic-Con is coming up next week in San Diego. However, workers at the convention center hosting the event voted with 99.6% support to go on strike. 

“Even after being beaten down by a global pandemic and extended layoffs, these workers are still ready to fight for what they deserve,” Unite Here Local 30 President Brigette Browning told the San Diego Union Tribune. “They’re used to hard work, they know what they’re worth, and tonight’s vote confirms that they’re committed to getting it … It’s up to Hilton now.”

For more, check out the San Diego Union Tribune 

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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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