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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 22nd, 2011

Is Scott Walker Cutting Off Internet Access To Thwart Protesters?

According to pro-labor protesters in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) may be taking a page from former Egyptian Dictator Hosni Mubarak and cutting off internet access to key protest organizers within the state Capitol building. If you are in the Capitol attempting to access the internet from a free wifi ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 22nd, 2011

Firefighters Sleep in Wisconsin Capitol to Prevent Police Crackdown on Protestors

Yesterday, rumors started to spread throughout the Wisconsin State Capitol that police would crack down on protestors sleeping in the building.  Governor Walker has in private expressed frustrations with the Capitol Police for allowing protestors to stay in the Capitol. Over the last few days, the Capitol Police have begun ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 22nd, 2011

Madison Area AFL CIO Votes to Prepare For General Strike

This evening in a press release from IBEW Local 2304 President Dave Pokilinski, I received word that the 45,000 member Southern Central Federation of Labor, the local chapter of the AFL-CIO for the Madison and Southern Central Wisconsin area, has voted to make preparations for a general strike. The press ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 21st, 2011

Paris Commune Meets Old School Union Hall In Madison

Yesterday as I entered the state capitol, I was shocked to see a group of people down on their hands and knees gently rubbing and cleaning the marble floor of the state capitol. They were not janitors doing it, but volunteers who had been occupying the Capitol for weeks. “This ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 21st, 2011

Mainstream Media: Wisconsin Protestors Like the People Who Shoot Gabby Giffords? WTF?

Despite the Wisconsin protests being the number one trending topic on twitter worldwide and finally starting to get media attention from mainstream TV outlets, not a single union leader or union member was invited onto one of the many Sunday talk shows to talk about Wisconsin. Instead the only person ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 16th, 2011

Irrational Exuberance: The Trouble With Hysteria Over Public Pension Shortfalls

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Monday, the U.S. House of Representative’s Judiciary Committee held a hearing on public pension funds and states' shortfalls in funding them. Republicans have used the pension problems as an occasion to attack public-sector unions. The committee hearing was full of bombastic rhetoric that unrealistic obligations to union workers ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 8th, 2011

Obama Fails to "Win The Future," for Law Enforcement Facing Cartel Assault Weapons

Last week – notably, on an early Friday night, the traditional hour for the White House to announce unpleasant news - the Obama Administration delayed an emergency request from the ATF for more authority to trace long guns being sold to Mexican drug cartels. The proposed rule would have required ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 2nd, 2011

Forget Media Consultants—Labor Should Use Guerrilla Journalism to Counter Corporate Attacks

It appears that once again, like in the debate over the Employee Free Choice Act, the labor movement is losing the media debate as the corporate right wing attacks public-sector unions. Unions once again finding themselves on the defensive and hobbled in the press in their attempts to go after ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 1st, 2011

Arizona Gun Dealer Broke Law in Selling Guns to Men Who Could Not Pass Background Checks

For criminals, terrorists, and mentally unstable people buying a gun without a background check is easier than getting a driver’s license. Many of these people can buy guns at frequent gun shows were background checks are not required. In fact, a large amount of weapons came from this type of ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

January 27th, 2011

The Beinart Body Count on Iraq & Gun Control

Earlier this year I witnessed a drive-by homicide in Northwest DC. There are few images that stick in my mind more than the moment I realized that the bright flashes coming from the car next to me were gunshots being fired at a teenage youth who was running away. It ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

January 26th, 2011

Dismissal Signals Change in Direction for HuffPost

Crossposted from PBS MediaShiftLast Thursday, I was "fired" as a labor blogger from the Huffington Post by executive business editor Peter Goodman for helping a group of union construction workers disrupt a conference of bankers. (I put fired in quotations marks because I, like the majority of people who blog ... continue reading

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

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
10:13 PM
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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
5:41 PM
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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
4:48 PM
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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
5:56 PM
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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
5:38 PM
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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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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

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,...

Mar 17th
4:59 PM
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

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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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
2:24 PM
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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
6:48 PM
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
1:08 PM
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
1:21 PM
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
12:35 PM
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