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[IWS] BLS: MAJOR WORK STOPPAGES IN 2014 [11 February 2015]

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MAJOR WORK STOPPAGES IN 2014 [11 February 2015]


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In 2014, there were 11 major work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers and lasting at least one

shift, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The 11 major work stoppages beginning in

2014 were down from the 15 major work stoppages beginning in 2013, and equaled the second lowest

annual total (11 in 2010) of work stoppages since the series began in 1947. The lowest annual total was

5 in 2009. (See chart 1 and table 1.)


Major work stoppages beginning in 2014 idled 34,000 workers, lower than the 2013 total of 55,000

idled workers. In 2014, there were 200,000 days idle from major work stoppages in effect, also lower

than 2013 with 290,000 days idle. In 2014, private industry organizations accounted for 9 of the 11

major work stoppages in 2014. In addition, 7 of the 11 major work stoppages beginning in 2014

occurred in the health care and social assistance industry and the educational services industry. (See

table 2.)  


In 2014, the largest major work stoppage in both days idle and duration was between FairPoint

Communications and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 2320, 2326, and 2327

and the Communications Workers of America Local 1400, with 1,700 workers accounting for 86,700

days idle in 2014. The work stoppage was still ongoing at the end of 2014. (See table 2.)


Between 2009 and 2014, there have been 80 major work stoppages (average of 13.3 major work

stoppages per year). Three industry groups combined for over 60 percent of all major work stoppages

during the six year period: health care and social assistance (34 percent), educational services (15

percent), and construction (13 percent). (See chart 2.) Manufacturing had 11 percent of all major work

stoppages between 2009 and 2014.


AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....



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