Major work stoppages in 2011
February 09, 2012
In 2011, there were 19 major strikes and lockouts involving 1,000 or more workers lasting at least one shift. These work stoppages idled 113,000 workers for 1.02 million lost workdays.
The 2011 numbers represented a large increase compared to 2010, with 11 major work stoppages idling 45,000 workers for 302,000 lost workdays. In 2009, there were record lows of 5 major work stoppages idling 13,000 workers for 124,000 lost workdays.
The longest work stoppage beginning in 2011 was between American Crystal Sugar Company and the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers, Sugar Council. The ongoing work stoppage began in August and has lasted through the remainder of 2011 (105 workdays) with 1,300 workers accounting for 136,500 lost workdays.
The largest work stoppage in 2011 in terms of number of workers and total workdays idle was between Verizon Communications and the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, with 45,000 workers accounting for 450,000 lost workdays.
The major work stoppages series dates back to 1947. The term "major work stoppages" includes both worker-initiated strikes and employer-initiated lockouts that involve 1,000 workers or more and lasting at least one shift. BLS does not distinguish between lockouts and strikes in its statistics.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Major work stoppages in 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120209.htm (visited September 27, 2016).
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