Bureau of Labor Statistics

Historic low for days of idleness due to work stoppages

March 26, 2002

The number of days idle because of strikes and lockouts was at a historic low in 2001.

Number of workdays of idleness due to major work stoppages, 1991-2001 (thousands)
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There were 1.2 million workdays of idleness in 2001 due to major work stoppages. Major work stoppages are defined as strikes or lockouts that idle 1,000 or more workers and last at least one shift. The previous low for days of idleness due to work stoppages was 2.0 million in 1999.

Fifty-three percent of last year's work stoppage days of idleness (608,300 days) stemmed from four major disputes. The one with the most days was between the State of Minnesota and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees and the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (242,500 days); and the second was between the State of Hawaii's Department of Education and the National Education Association (161,200 days). The third was between Comair and the Airline Pilots Association (116,600 days), and the fourth involved the Midwest Generation Company and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (88,000 days).

These data are a product of the BLS Collective Bargaining Agreements Program. Learn more about work stoppages from news release USDL 02-153, "Major Work Stoppages, 2001."


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Historic low for days of idleness due to work stoppages at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/mar/wk4/art02.htm (visited January 16, 2022).


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