“Summer of Strikes” Travel & Reporting Fund

Nearly a million workers could go on strike this summer in the US ((Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Currently, more than 11,000 Writers Guild members are out on strike across the country. 160,000 SAG-AFTRA TV & Film members could join them by the end of the month as their union has recommended that their members vote to authorize a strike. 

The strike of Hollywood Writers has drawn widespread national interest. With so many high-profile celebrities supporting the strikes on social media, the strike could inspire workers in various industries to take similar action.

We are already seeing an uptick in strikes, and more strikes are expected. We are looking at the beginning of a “Summer of Strikes” that could easily see nearly a million workers go on strike. This moment in many ways, reminds me of the early days of the pandemic when the strike wave began.

380,000 Teamsters are moving towards strike at UPS this summer, and over 150,000 autoworkers, members of the UAW, could go on strike towards the end of the summer. We are also likely to see large-scale teachers’ strikes as the school year begins.

Covering the Writers’ Guild strike now will be crucial to prepare for the “Summer of Strikes” ahead. It’s important that we create momentum and get the word out so that workers know that they are part of a larger movement.

Already, Payday Report has filed 16 stories and dispatches on the Writers’ Guild Strike. We have even created a map that tracks Writers’ Guild picket lines across the United States. 

We need your help to do more and to track the “Summer of Strikes” that is brewing across the country. Donate to help us cover this strike wave. 

Our work as the first outlet to systematically track the strike wave during the pandemic has been widely recognized everywhere, from the front page of the Washington Post to NPR’s “All Things Considered” to filmmaker Boots Riley. 

Help us once again to make a big impact in the media and cover the “Summer of Strikes.”

Donate to Help Us Cover the Writers Guild Strike; please, sign up as one of our 748 recurring donors today. 

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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