Work Stoppages Summary


For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, February 12, 2014                                  USDL-14-0217

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                                        MAJOR WORK STOPPAGES IN 2013


In 2013, there were 15 major strikes and lockouts involving 1,000 or more workers and lasting at least 
one shift, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The 15 major work stoppages beginning 
in 2013 were down from 19 major work stoppages beginning in 2012.  (See chart 1 and table 1.)

Major work stoppages beginning in 2013 idled 55,000 workers, lower than 2012 with 148,000 idled 
workers. In 2013, there were 290,000 days idle from major work stoppages in effect, also lower than 
2012 with 1.13 million days idle. In 2013, two-thirds of major work stoppages lasted three or less 
workdays. State and local government accounted for 60 percent of major work stoppages beginning in 
2013. In addition, over half of major work stoppages beginning in 2013 occurred in the state of 
California.  (See chart 2, and tables 1 and 2.) 

The longest and most days idle of any major work stoppage beginning in 2013 was between the New 
York City Public Schools and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181, with 8,000 workers 
accounting for 176,000 days idle. 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. (See table 2.)

Other notable work stoppages beginning in 2013 included the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and the 
Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555.  
BART was involved in two major work stoppages, occurring in July and October. (See table 2.)

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