Work Stoppages Summary

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                                      MAJOR WORK STOPPAGES IN 2015

In 2015, there were 12 major work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers and lasting at least one 
shift, one more than in 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Since the series began in 
1947 the lowest annual total was 5 in 2009. (See table 1 and chart 1.)

Major work stoppages beginning in 2015 idled 47,000 workers, higher than the 34,000 workers of 2014. 
In 2015, there were 740,000 days idle from major work stoppages in effect, also higher than 2014 with 
200,000 days idle. In 2015, private industry organizations accounted for over 92 percent of the total days 
idle, consisting of 684,000 days of idleness. In 2015, oil and gas extraction, manufacturing, and 
educational services industries accounted for approximately 89 percent of all days idle for major work 
stoppages in 2015. (See tables 1 and 2 and chart 2.)   

In 2015, the largest major work stoppage in terms of days idle was between Royal Dutch Shell Oil and 
other refineries, and the United Steelworkers Union with up to 6,600 workers at its February 2015 peak. 
This work stoppage accounted for 322,100 total days idle. Other major refineries involved in this work 
stoppage included British Petroleum, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, LyondellBasell, Marathon Oil Corporation, 
Motiva Enterprises, and Tesoro Corporation.

The second largest work stoppage in 2015 in terms of days idle was between Allegheny Technologies 
Incorporated and the United Steelworkers Union, involving 2,200 workers with 206,800 days idle. This 
work stoppage was still ongoing at the end of 2015. (See table 2.)

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