Work Stoppages summary

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In 2017, there were 7 major work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers and lasting at
least one shift, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Since the series began
in 1947 this is the second lowest number of major work stoppages recorded in a year, the
lowest annual total was 5 in 2009. (See table 1.)

Major work stoppages beginning in 2017 idled 25,000 workers, the second lowest number of
workers idled annually since 1947. The lowest number of workers idled was 13,000 in 2009. In
2017 the information industry sector had the most workers idled by a major work stoppage
with 15,000 workers, which accounted for over half of all workers idled. Public
administration accounted for the second largest number of workers idled by major work
stoppages with over 5,000 workers, or a fifth of all workers idled. (See tables 1 and 2.)

In 2017, the largest major work stoppage by days idle occurred between Charter
Communications and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union with 345,600
total days idle and involving 1,800 workers. This work stoppage was one of two major
work stoppages within the information industry, the second was between AT&T and the
Communication Workers of America involving 13,200 workers and lasting one day.

The work stoppage between the Chicago New Car Dealer Committee and the International
Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union involved 1,700 workers for a total of
56,100 days idle. (See table 2.)

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Last Modified Date: February 09, 2018