How common are labor strikes in the United States? The numbers are growing. According to the Department of Labor Statistics, in 2018 there were 20 major work stoppages, the most since 2007 and the number of workers involved in these work stoppages was the highest since 1986. Last month teachers in Los Angeles went on strike and teachers in West Virginia recently ended a two-day strike, their second in less than a year. Currently teachers in the Oakland Unified School District are striking.
You can learn more about the history of labor movements, strikes and work stoppages in the U.S. from these books available at OPL.
The death and life of American labor : toward a new worker's movement / Stanley Aronowitz
Glory in their spirit : how four black women took on the Army during World War II / Sandra M. Bolzenius
Strike! / by Jeremy Brecher
A history of America in ten strikes / Erik Loomis
From the folks who brought you the weekend : an illustrated history of labor in the United States / Priscilla Murolo and A.B. Chitty ; illustrations by Joe Sacco