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Major Labor Work Stoppages in 2018 Hit Highest Level in 11 Years

Feb. 8, 2019, 8:33 PM

There were 20 major work stoppages in 2018 that together involved about 485,000 U.S. workers, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said Feb. 8.

The number of major work stoppages—defined as those involving 1,000 or more workers—that began in 2018 was the highest since 2007, when there were 21, while the total number of workers who participated was the highest since 1986, when 533,000 workers were involved, the BLS said in a statement.

“Labor is still a long way from reaching the picketing power that it had 20 or 30 years ago, when you might see five times as many ...

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