Mike Elk

Mike Elk is an In These Times Staff Writer and a regular contributor to the labor blog Working In These Times. He can be reached at mike@inthesetimes.com.

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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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Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 4:01pm
Worker ‘Occupations’ in 3 States Yield Successes, but Counterattack Begins
In the last few months, workers in three different states—at the Serious Materials factory in Chicago, at a Century Aluminum factory in Ravenswood, West Va., and at AT&T’s regional headquarters in Atlanta—have engaged in "occupations" that quickly produced small results for those workers.
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Friday, February 24, 2012 - 8:49am
Workers on ‘Journey for Justice’ Meet Newly Scared Minn. Labor Movement
Yesterday, locked-out union workers from five different American Crystal Sugar (ACS) facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa, as well as locked-out workers from Cooper Tire, set out on a 1,000-mile " Journey for Justice " across the United States to raise awareness of their plight.
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