Labor reporter Mike Elk may be on vacation. But fun in the sun isn’t stopping him from mocking Politico, the publication that recently severed ties with him after a chaotic year during which editors published only eight of his stories, he announced his intent to unionize the newsroom and continuously cited symptoms of his PTSD.
Now he’s expressing his shock over the fact that his former supervisor, Tim Noah, who apparently now has a vacancy, is quoting Elk’s father, Gene Elk.
Elk lives on at Politico through his father.
When asked what’s the official word on whether he was fired, he told The Mirror,
“We have asked for a union neutrality agreement for 8 months, I am not going to stop in that demand.”
According to the National Right to Work, Legal Defense Foundation, Inc., a neutrality agreement is “a contract between a union and an employer under which the employer agrees to support a union’s attempt to organize its workforce.”
This would mean three things:
* Politico managers and supervisors would be forbidden from badmouthing a union drive.
* There could be no secret ballot election.
* Elk and other union organizers would be welcome in Politico’s newsroom “during work hours for the purpose of collecting union authorization cards.”
Politico released a statement last week declaring that Elk no longer works there. The statement said his departure had nothing to do with his attempt to organize the newsroom.
Below are Elk’s remarks about Politico quoting his father.
See how Politico quotes the elder Elk below.