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Major work stoppages in 2013

February 26, 2014

Fifteen major strikes and lockouts began in 2013 that involved at least 1,000 workers and lasted at least one shift. The number was down from 19 major work stoppages that began during 2012.

Number of work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers for at least one shift, 1947-2013

Number of work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers for at least one shift, 1947–2013
YearNumber of work stoppages

1947

270

1948

245

1949

262

1950

424

1951

415

1952

470

1953

437

1954

265

1955

363

1956

287

1957

279

1958

332

1959

245

1960

222

1961

195

1962

211

1963

181

1964

246

1965

268

1966

321

1967

381

1968

392

1969

412

1970

381

1971

298

1972

250

1973

317

1974

424

1975

235

1976

231

1977

298

1978

219

1979

235

1980

187

1981

145

1982

96

1983

81

1984

62

1985

54

1986

69

1987

46

1988

40

1989

51

1990

44

1991

40

1992

35

1993

35

1994

45

1995

31

1996

37

1997

29

1998

34

1999

17

2000

39

2001

29

2002

19

2003

14

2004

17

2005

22

2006

20

2007

21

2008

15

2009

5

2010

11

2011

19

2012

19

2013

15

 

There were 290,000 days idle from major work stoppages in 2013, also lower than 2012 with 1.13 million days idle.

Annual number of workdays idle as a result of major work stoppages, 2003–2013

Annual number of workdays idle as a result of major work stoppages, 2003–2013
YearWorkdays idle

2003

4,091,200

2004

3,344,100

2005

1,736,100

2006

2,687,500

2007

1,264,800

2008

1,954,100

2009

124,100

2010

302,300

2011

1,020,200

2012

1,130,800

2013

289,900

 

Two-thirds of the major work stoppages lasted 3 days or less in 2013; state and local government accounted for 60 percent of them. Over half were in California.   

The work stoppage between the New York City Public Schools and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 was the longest that began in 2013, lasting 30 days. It also resulted in 176,000 days idle, the most days idle of any major work stoppage in 2013. The greatest number of workers involved in a major work stoppage beginning in 2013 was between the University of California Medical Centers and American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 (including the University Professional and Technical Employees Union for one day), involving as many as 18,800 workers.

These data are from the Work Stoppages program. Annual data are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see “Major Work Stoppages in 2013,” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-14-0217. The term “major work stoppages” includes both worker-initiated strikes and employer-initiated lockouts. BLS does not distinguish between lockouts and strikes in its statistics.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Major work stoppages in 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140226.htm (visited November 01, 2014).

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