Work Stoppages

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The Work Stoppages program provides monthly and annual data and analysis of major work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers lasting one full shift or longer. The monthly and annual data show the establishment and union(s) involved in the work stoppage along with the location, the number of workers and the days of idleness. 

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Number of work stoppages involving 1,000 workers or more

Beginning in the period 0(p) in May 2020 Historical Data

In effect in the period 2(p) in May 2020 Historical Data

Number of workers involved in work stoppages

Beginning in the period 0.0(p) in May 2020 Historical Data

In effect in the period 3.6(p) in May 2020 Historical Data

Days of idleness resulting from work stoppages

In effect in the period 72.0(p) in May 2020 Historical Data

As a percent of working time 0.00%(p,2) in May 2020 Historical Data

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Major Work Stoppages for Annual 2020 is scheduled to be released in February 2021 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time. read more »

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25 major work stoppages in 2019 is the largest number in the 2010-2019 decade

02/11/2020

In 2019, 25 major strikes and lockouts idled 425,500 workers, including 13 work stoppages in the educational services industry which idled 270,000 workers.
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25 major work stoppages in 2019 involving 425,500 workers

There were 25 major work stoppages in 2019, each involving 1,000 workers or more and lasting at least one shift. That was the largest number of major work stoppages since 2001. Between 2010 and 2019 there were 154 work stoppages, an average of 15 stoppages a year. read more »