Large work stoppages, aka large strikes,Â had been on the decline for years. That turned around in 2018â€”going from 25,300 workers involved in major strikes in 2017 to 485,200 in 2018â€”and stayed relatively high in 2019, the Economic Policy Institute reports.
â€śThrough 2017, the general trend was downward, but there was a substantial upsurge in workers involved in major work stoppages in 2018,â€ť Heidi Shierholz and Margaret Poydock write.Â â€śOn average, in 2018 and 2019, 455,400 workers annually were involved in major work stoppagesâ€”the largest two-year pooled annual average in 35 years,Â since 1983 and 1984.â€ť A significant number of themâ€”10 in 2019â€”were really large strikes, involving at least 20,000 workers.
This article was originally published at Daily Kos on February 15, 2020. Reprinted with permission.