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Work Stoppages

Work Stoppages Home Page

The Work Stoppages program provides monthly and annual data and analysis of major work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers lasting one full shift or longer. The monthly and annual data show the establishment and union(s) involved in the work stoppage along with the location, the number of workers and the days of idleness. 


Latest Numbers

Major Work StoppagesNews Release
Number of work stoppages involving 1,000 workers or more

Beginning in the period 0(p) in Feb 2021 Historical Data

In effect in the period 1(p) in Feb 2021 Historical Data

Number of workers involved in work stoppages

Beginning in the period 0.0(p) in Feb 2021 Historical Data

In effect in the period 1.8(p) in Feb 2021 Historical Data

Days of idleness resulting from work stoppages

In effect in the period 34.2(p) in Feb 2021 Historical Data

As a percent of working time 0.00%(p,2) in Feb 2021 Historical Data

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Next Release

  • Major Work Stoppages for Annual 2020 is scheduled to be released on January 25, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
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Latest News Release

In 2020 there were 8 major work stoppages, the third lowest number since 1947


In 2020, 8 major strikes and lockouts began in the year and idled 27,000 workers. Three work stoppages in the educational services industry idled 9,300 workers with a cumulative 56,500 days of idleness lasting a total of 19 workdays.


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