The 10 Biggest Strikes In U.S. History

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10 Biggest Strikes In U.S. History

The ability to strike has long been a negotiation tool for many American workers and labor unions. Throughout the country’s history, American workers in a variety of fields have held strikes demanding higher pay, more manageable work hours, better contracts and benefits and improved working conditions. Most recently, fast food workers from various establishments across the country have been making the headlines, as they strike demanding higher than minimum wage pay. For the time being their walk-out numbers don’t come close to those that make up the top ten biggest strikes in U.S. history. These strikers, whose numbers reached the hundreds of thousands, each had varying degrees of success. Here’s a look at their efforts. (For more, see: Is Striking The Best Option?)

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    United Mine Workers of America of 1946

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    The Railroad Shop Workers Strike of 1922

    The Railroad Shop Workers Strike of 1922 took place from July to October 1922, and included some 400,000 strikers. The walkout was touched off when the Railroad Labor Board cut wages for railroad ...
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    The Great Southwest Railroad Strike of 1886

    The Great Southwest Railroad Strike, which spanned across Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Texas, took place from March to September 1886. It included some 200,000 strikers. At the time, ...
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    The Steel Strike of 1919

    The Steel Strike of 1919 included some 350,000 steel workers in Pittsburgh who worked for The United States Steel Corporation and were represented by the American Federation of Labor (the first ...
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    The U.S. Postal Strike of 1970

    The U.S. Postal Strike, which took place in March 1970, included 210,000 strikers. It was brought on by what the workers perceived as low wages, poor working conditions and meager benefits. The ...
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    UPS Workers Strike of 1997

    The UPS Workers Strike kicked off in August 1997, lead by the Teamsters. It rallied some 185,000 delivery-workers across the nation and was the largest strike of the decade. Workers wanted part-time ...
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    The Pullman Strike of 1894

    The Pullman Strike took place in 1894, during the months of May to July, when some 250,000-factory workers at the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago walked off the job. The workers had been ...
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    The Textile Workers Strike of 1934

    The Textile Workers Strike of 1934 included some 400,000 strikers. It took place in September 1934 and stretched across the Eastern Seaboard. Textile workers were protesting long hours and low ...
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    The Steel Strike of 1959

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