U.S. Workers Strike At Highest Level In Past Three Decades

The U.S. had the highest number of workers go on strike in more than 30 years as the number of major work stoppages across the U.S. rose to its highest level in over a decade, according to year-end data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In 2018, there were 20 major work stoppages involving 485,000 workers, the highest since 2007 when there were 21 major work stoppages. The number of workers involved was the highest since 1986 when there were 533,000 workers that were idle.

Nationwide, educational services and health care and social assistance industry groups accounted for over 90% of all workers idled in 2018. Between 2009 and 2018 the educational services and health care and social assistance industries accounted for nearly one half of all major work stoppages, BLS data shows.     MORE

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