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Blogger Profile: Mike Elk

Mike Elk is a labor journalist and staff writer for In These Times. Follow him on twitter @mikeelk.

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Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 17th, 2014

After Historic UAW Defeat at Tennessee Volkswagen Plant, Theories Abound

Crossposted from In These Times Workers and organizers cite outside interference, management collusion, union missteps, two-tier agreements and Neil Young “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. At approximately ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

January 29th, 2014

A Final Q&A with Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

I found myself crying when I heard the news of Pete Seeger’s death today. When I was a child, my mother would wake me up in the morning by singing “If I Had A Hammer,” the progressive anthem that Seeger wrote for Peter, Paul and Mary. His music played a ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

November 14th, 2013

Volkswagen Isn’t Fighting Unionization—But Leaked Docs Show Right-Wing Groups Are

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blogAfter Volkswagen issued a letter in September saying the company would not oppose an attempt by the United Auto Workers (UAW) to unionize its 1,600-worker Chattanooga, Tenn., facility, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) was flabbergasted. "For management to invite the UAW in is almost ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

October 23rd, 2013

Discovering a Black Man Having a Heart Attack On the Sidewalk

Crossposted from In These TimesEarlier this month, a terrifying event occurred that made me wonder if I had been lying to myself about something important.  As a Jew, I've always prided myself on my family and people's traditions on being progressive about matters of race. Indeed, my father, a very ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

August 7th, 2013

Activists Identify DC Cop Who Infiltrated Bangladesh Sweatshop Protests

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blogRumors have flown for many years that DC police routinely infiltrate and spy on the frequent protests in the nation’s Capitol. But until now, activists have never been able to identify a specific undercover cop at a protest. Now, after months of piecing ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

December 20th, 2012

A Grief-Stricken Randi Weingarten Engages Hesitant Unions on Gun Control in Wake of Sandy Hook

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blog“The teachers and the principals were absolutely heroic. So were the others, who were in lockdown, and kept their kids calm and quiet in what had to be a traumatizing fear. I don’t think it is possible, if one was not that in ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

November 19th, 2012

In Leaked Docs, Honeywell Cites Obama Ties As Key to Anti-Union Strategy

Crossposted from In These Times' Working blogIn These Times has exclusively obtained a leaked internal Honeywell document outlining an anti-union strategy that includes leveraging Obama administration connections. The documents suggest that the megacorporation is deeply concerned about recent union activity at its factories and the bad press that has resulted (one example cited ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

October 17th, 2012

In Conference Call, Romney Urged Businesses To Tell Their Employees How to Vote

Crossposted from In These TimesIn a June 6, 2012 conference call posted on the anti-union National Federation of Independent Business’s website, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney instructed employers to tell their employees how to vote in the upcoming election.     Romney was addressing  a group of self-described "small-business owners." Twenty-six ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

October 14th, 2012

Koch Sends Pro-Romney Mailing to 45,000 Employees While Stifling Workplace Political Speech

Crossposted from In These Times Much has been written about the owners of Koch Industries, brothers David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch, trying to control the political process through hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to right-wing causes and candidates. Now, an In These Times investigation reveals that ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

August 14th, 2012

Paul Ryan Closely Tied To Corrupt Union Accused of Violently Threatening Dissidents

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blogThe GOP has often accused unions of unfairly coercing members into paying dues--dues that happen to be a major source of support for Democratic candidates. However, an investigation by In These Times reveals that GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan is closely tied to a union ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

August 10th, 2012

As Some AT&T Unions Strike, Others "Scab"

Crossposted from the In These Times 'Working' blogOn Tuesday, 20,000 AT&T workers in California, Connecticut and Nevada went out on a two-day strike to protest unfair bargaining by AT&T. The striking members of West Coast-based Communication Workers of America District 9 and Connecticut-based CWA Local 1298 claim that the company ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

July 7th, 2012

Is Union Busting to Blame for Power Outages in D.C.?

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blogYesterday, 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 ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

June 15th, 2012

Scabs Brought in To Run Nuclear Power Plant During Lockout in Mass.

Crossposted from In These Times Working blogOn June 5, a number of replacement workers and outside managers were brought in to operate Entergy's Plymouth Station nuclear power plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts. While the replacement workers have experience working as technicians in other nuclear power plants in the United States, the ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

June 4th, 2012

Microphone Grabbed Out of Hands of Reporter Questioning Honeywell CEO

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blogFor the last two years, I have covered union busting efforts by Honeywell, their close connections to President Obama and how federal agencies have assisted Honeywell in three different labor struggles since Obama came to power.  In particular, I covered a 14-month lockout at Honeywell uranium plant ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

May 17th, 2012

Amid ‘Sabotage’ Investigation, Honeywell Lays Off Plant’s Entire Union Workforce

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blogLast Thursday, May 10, at around 2 p.m., managers walked into Honeywell's uranium conversion plant in Metropolis, Ill., and told workers—both union and nonunion—they had to leave the plant immediately. Multiple workers present say a manager explained the sudden dismissal by noting that ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

April 25th, 2012

3,600 Lockheed Martin Workers Go on Strike in Texas

The following article first appeared at Working In These Times, the labor blog of In These Times magazine. For more news and analysis like this, sign up to receive In These Times' weekly updates.Strikes involving thousands of workers in the "right-to-work" state of Texas are extraordinarily rare. Yet on Monday, ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

April 24th, 2012

Why Does OSHA Move at a Glacial Pace? Democrat Calls on Obama Admin to Speed Up Safety Measures

The following article first appeared at Working In These Times, the labor blog of In These Times magazine. For more news and analysis like this, sign up to receive In These Times' weekly updates. WASHINGTON, D.C.—Republicans typically accuse Democats of not doing enough to streamline regulations. But at a hearing ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

March 26th, 2012

GOP NLRB Member Passed Sensitive Information to Romney Campaign

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blog Earlier this month, Congressman George Miller (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, complained that House GOP members were blocking the release of a National Labor Board Relations Inspector General’s report. The report, which Miller’s office was eventually able to ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 17th, 2012

What Politico’s ‘Wisconsin 1848’ Union Screw-Up Reveals

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blog The scene of the journalistic mishap, in Masterlock's Milwaukee plant.   Yesterday was a red letter day for labor journalism, as Politico inadvertently revealed a fundamental truth in one of the most embarrassing screw-ups in recent news. Covering President Obama’s visit to ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 15th, 2012

Labor Reporting in the Face of Danger

Crossposted from In These TimesThe use of scab workers is a sore on the labor movement. And, as I recently discovered, scabs can also pose a danger to labor reporters. That doesn't stop me or In These Times from getting the real story. But in order to continue to reveal ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

January 30th, 2012

Canada’s Labor Movement Digs in for ‘PATCO Equivalent,’ as Lockouts Drag On

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blog It's usually difficult to get more than a few hundred union activists to show up to a rally in support of a small workforce facing steep concessions. But on January 21, more than 15,000 people showed up to a rally in support of 420 ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

January 17th, 2012

Wonk Bloggers and the Vanishing Voices of Workers

This article originally appeared at In These Times Magazine, where Mike Elk is a staff writer   Earlier this week, I got into a little Twitter battle with Matthew Yglesias after the prominent blogger tweeted out “"EXCLUSIVE: The activities of individual business executives have no relationship to the level of ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

December 21st, 2011

Solidarity Inaction: Railroad Workers and the Occupy Movement

Last week , after Occupy protesters attempted (with some success) to blockade West Coast ports without the consent of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU), some Occupy activists claimed that the lack of union support for the shutdown was evidence that labor leaders are sout of touch with the ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

December 7th, 2011

Massey Mine Explosion Settlement Doesn’t Address Basic Problem: Company’s Anti-Unionism

Crossposted from In These Times' Working blog Yesterday, Alpha Natural Resources, the owner of subsidiary company Massey Energy, agreed to pay $209 million in civil and criminal penalties and in restitution for its role in the mine explosion that killed 29 men in Upper Big Branch, West Va., in April ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

November 10th, 2011

Penn State Riots About White Men Not Liking to Be Held Accountable

If, like me, you scanned the crowds rioting at Penn State last night after the announcement of the firing of Joe Paterno, you may have noticed that nearly all the people there were white men. The riots were about white men not liking to be held accountable.  As a native ... continue reading

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Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

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Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 3rd
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Mar 2nd
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Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

Mar 1st
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Feb 27th
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