Mike Elk

Mike Elk is the senior labor reporter at Payday Report and member of the Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild. He previously served as senior labor reporter at POLITICO and at In These Times Magazine. 

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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 2:30pm
Millennial Sanders Activists Give New Energy to Southern Organizing
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE – Khristy Wilkinson, a 36-year-old, tattoo-adorned, stay-at-home mom, doesn’t look like your typical Eastern Tennessee politician. Before this year, she had never even considered running for public office, but says that she was inspired to run by the success of Bernie Sanders...
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Monday, July 11, 2016 - 2:45pm
The Next Step for Organized Labor? People in Prison.
In the early 2000s, the small but militant Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) launched union drives at Starbucks and Jimmy John’s. At the time, many in the mainstream labor movement scratched their heads. Traditionally, labor groups believed that the high turnover of fast food workers would make...
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 8:07am
How Sweetheart Deals Hurt Labor
The key to organizing workers in areas like the South, where unions hold little sway, is building trust.
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Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 9:44am
After Historic UAW Defeat at Tennessee Volkswagen Plant, Theories Abound
“I am excited,” auto worker Justin King told me as he put on his cowboy boots to get ready for the victory party planned for late Friday night.
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Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 9:11am
Obama Administration Stays Quiet as Boeing Strikes Major Blow to Pensions
On Friday, yet another nail was put in the coffin of the defined-benefit pension in America. According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) , the percentage of U.S.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 1:17pm
A 98-Year-Old Labor Reporter Who Loved Avant-Garde Music
This week, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka ran unopposed for the presidency of the AFL-CIO—but only because his opponent, labor activist Harry Kelber, died before the election.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 2:23pm
Texas Explosion: Gov’t Shared Info for Anti-Terrorism, But Not Workplace Safety
The twin tragedies of last week—the Boston Marathon bombing and the West Texas Chemical and Fertilizer plant explosion—received vastly unequal media attention.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 1:08pm
An Explosion the Media Ignores: The Texas Fertilizer Plant Disaster Cannot Be Forgotten
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Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 12:00pm
Is Union Busting to Blame for Power Outages in D.C.?
On Thursday, 15,091 Washington, D.C.-area residents were without power for the sixth day in a row, according to utility company Pepco spokesman Marcus Beal. As D.C. residents face record heat waves, many are upset and attribute the lack of power to incompetence on Pepco's end.
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Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 8:45am
On ‘Left Anti-Unionism’ and the Reason We Lost Wisconsin
As a labor reporter, I was dismayed to see Gordon Lafer’s "Left Anti-Unionism?" . In his first post, Lafer attacked pro-union writers for critiquing labor leaders in the wake of the Wisconsin recall election.
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