Mike Elk, American Prospect

Mike Elk

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Pittsburgh, PA, United States

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Recent articles by Mike:

The Great American Pastime: Squeezing Workers

At all levels, baseball owners are using the COVID-19 crisis to force long-desired concessions on everyone involved with the sport. → Read More

American workers are being hung out to dry during the pandemic

Frontline workers are being needlessly exposed to COVID-19. Neither the Trump administration nor the top worker-safety watchdog are protecting them. → Read More

The Power to Slow Down Reopening

Workers can organize—and have organized—to ensure they can stay off the job until their worksites are safe. → Read More

Immigrant Meatpackers Fightback Against Intimidation & Death Traps

As COVID-19 ravages communities across the U.S., many experts agree that meatpacking plants, where employees work shoulder-to-shoulder, are the next ground zero for the spread of COVID-19. In several rural communities with sudden COVID-19 spikes, many residents say that the meatpacking plants... → Read More

COVID-19 Strike Wave Interactive Map

Each point contains a link to each of the more with more information on the strike. So far, we've identified over 70 wildcat strikes that happened in the last month alone. (Several larger strikes like at Instacart and Whole Foods happened in multiple cities). We suspect many strikes aren't... → Read More

The Coronavirus Is Jump-Starting Union Organizing at Delta

Organizers started a union drive for flight attendants at Delta last November. Uncertainty about the pandemic is stoking a desire among workers for labor protections. → Read More

Latino Organizing Boosts Sanders in North Carolina

The work is intended to build capacity for immigrant rights movements in the future. → Read More

The Emerging Democratic Support for Teachers Unions

A presidential forum in Pittsburgh last week cemented a unified endorsement of public education—at least in public. → Read More

Over 49,000 GM Workers Head Out on Strike

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – Shortly after midnight, the scene outside GM’s Rochester Operations is tense with excitement, as onlookers wait for the plant’s first strike in 35 years to begin.“I am way too wide awake right now,” shouts one General Motors security guard to another.Then, suddenly, hundreds of workers begin to burst out of the front gates, high-fiving and → Read More

Kaiser Hospital Workers Mobilize for Largest Strike in Two Decades

A coalition of unions representing more than 80,000 workers has authorized a walkout that would begin in October—and used Labor Day to pressure management. → Read More

In The Media, Every Day Should Be Labor Day

The lack of attention paid to working people in our politics and media has had disastrous results. → Read More

How Immigrant Workers Are Fighting Deportation Raids

Workplace organizing is helping immigrants to understand their rights as ICE and other immigration authorities crack down. → Read More

Exxon Refinery Explosion Another By-Product of Trump Deregulation

The Trump administration is working to roll back a chemical safety disaster rule, putting communities like Baytown, Texas, at risk. → Read More

Private Equity’s Latest Scheme: Closing Urban Hospitals and Selling Off the Real Estate

Thousands are expected to rally Thursday against the closing of Hahnemann University Hospital, a 171-year-old facility in Center City Philadelphia. → Read More

Pro-UAW TV Ad Mobilizing Community Around Respect Issues at Volkswagen

Outside of Volkswagen’s 3,000-worker auto plant in Chattanooga, where they make the Passat and the Atlas, hundreds of union members from all over the South gather to wave large blue circles with the United Auto Workers symbol, as workers drive off from the afternoon shift.Workers from across the South—construction workers from Nashville, Ford workers from → Read More

There's A Crucial Election Today In Chattanooga, Tennessee. Why Isn't The Media Paying Attention?

If this week's vote succeeds, it could break open the anti-union South, changing the trajectory of working-class power in the process. → Read More

BREAKING: Trump NLRB Cancels UAW Vote at Volkswagen in Chattanooga

Today, the Trump-appointed National Labor Relations Board blocked the request for workers at Volkswagen to hold a union election. The NLRB ruled that since 160 maintenance workers at the plant voted to unionize in 2015, a new union election can’t be held until a decertification petition already... → Read More

Union-Busting Lawyer to Host Biden’s 1st Fundraiser Thursday

PITTSBURGH, PA. - On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden intends to launch his presidential campaign at the Teamsters Local 249 in Pittsburgh with United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard appearing alongside him. However, first, on Thursday, Biden is hosting a $2,800 dollar-a-plate fundraiser at... → Read More

'Chemical burns': Delta flight attendants say new uniforms cause rashes

Some say they have faced retaliation for complaining about purple uniforms a year after company introduced them → Read More

Denver: immigrant teachers threatened with deportation if they join strikes

Denver public school system sent teachers letters warning if they went went on strike, their visas could be jeopardized → Read More