UAW Strike Travel Fund

UAW members prepare to strike at automakers across the country (UAW)

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Tonite, autoworkers across the country are preparing to go on strike tonight at midnight. The strike would be one of the largest autoworkers strike in a generation and could inspire more strikes across the country.

Payday wants to be there to travel around the country to film this historic strike, but we need your support to do it.

In 2019, when UAW went on strike at General Motors, Payday filed more than 28 dispatches and 30 videos from 6 states. 

Our coverage was recognized by the New York Times and the Columbia Journalism Review. Payday Report intends once again to lead UAW strike coverage. We can make a big impact by covering strikes by autoworkers.

Our work as the first outlet to systematically track the strike wave during the pandemic has been widely recognized by everyone from Washington Post to NPR’s “All Things Considered” to filmmaker Boots Riley.  In 2021, our work helping produce CNN’s United Shades of America was nominated for an Emmy.

Donate to help us cover autoworkers striking across the country. Please, if you can, sign up as one of our 754 recurring donors today.

Love & Solidarity, 


About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. A native of Pittsburgh, Elk grew up in a UE union family. Elk was the only American reporter in the room with Lula on the morning of the election & traveled with him to the Oval Office. 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 attended journalism school at PUC-Rio de Janeiro. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburgh fluently. His email is [email protected]