Work stoppages in 2009
February 22, 2010
The five major work stoppages in 2009 idled 13,000 workers for 124,000 lost workdays, all record lows, and a large decrease compared with 2008 with 15 stoppages idling 72,000 workers for 1.95 million lost workdays.
Since 2007, the number of major work stoppages and the number of employees involved in major work stoppages have fallen sharply. Average annual major work stoppages have also continued to decline over the past three decades. From 2000 to 2009, there were approximately 20 major work stoppages per year, on average, compared with 35 per year from 1990 to 1999 and 83 from 1980 to 1989.
The largest work stoppage in 2009 in terms of number of days and total workdays idle was between Bell Helicopter Textron and the United Auto Workers Local 218, lasting 27 workdays with 2,500 workers accounting for 67,500 lost workdays. The largest work stoppage beginning in 2009 in terms of number of workers was between the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the Transport Workers Union Local 234 with 5,500 workers involved in the work stoppage.
These data are from the BLS Work Stoppages Program. To learn more, see "Major Work Stoppages in 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL 10-0170. The major work stoppages series, which dates back to 1947, covers strikes and lockouts involving 1,000 or more employees and lasting at least one shift.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Work stoppages in 2009 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2010/ted_20100222.htm (visited July 28, 2017).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Women in the workforce before, during, and after the Great Recession
A look at trends and projections in the labor force participation of women from the 1950s to 2024.
Employer-sponsored healthcare coverage across wage groups
A look at the relationship between employee wages and access to, participation in, and costs of employer-sponsored medical, dental, and vision care benefit plans.
Sports and Exercise
A look at participation and time spent in sports and exercise activities.
Women at Work
A look at women's labor force participation and earnings, how women spend their time and money, the nature of fatal work injuries, and labor force projections for the future.