School strikes lead to highest number of work stoppages in 11 years

February 11, 2019 | MarketWatch

There was the highest number of “major” work stoppages in 11 years in 2018, according to data released Friday.

The Labor Department reported 20 stoppages involving at least 1,000 workers last year, with the 533,000 workers involved being the highest in 32 years. Stoppages are counted whether they’re strikes or lockouts.

The largest event was the Arizona school strike, a weeklong protest that netted the teachers a 19% pay raise. The teachers, however, didn’t get all their demands, such as smaller class sizes and increased pay for school counselors.

Read more