25 Strikes That Really Got the Point Across

When tensions between employees and management arise, it can often result in work stoppage called “strikes.” The disagreements that usually stem from a labor union’s demand for higher wages and better working conditions oftentimes result in power struggles of epic proportions that end not only in mass firings of employees, but in bloodshed as well. Here is a list of 25 strikes that really got the point across when the management and union workers failed to reach a deal.

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Royal Mail Industrial Dispute (2009)

Royal Mail Industrial Dispute (2009)

Starting in the summer of 2009 and continuing for a year, the strike left millions of mail packages undelivered. Basically Royal Mail was planning to start replacing some jobs with machines but they wouldn’t come clean about the exact agenda. Eventually, however, a compromise was reached.

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Boeing Strike (2008)

Boeing Strike (2008)

When unionized machinists working for Boeing commercial aircraft assembly plants went on an eight-week strike in September 2008, it was reported that the company lost more than $2 billion in profits. Apparently Boeing is used to it though as this is their third major strike in the last 13 years.


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Southern California Grocery Stores Strikes (2003)

Southern California Grocery Stores Strikes (2003)

The four-month strike of the 7,000 member United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) resulted in a collective $2 billion loss for three major grocery chains. Over 900 stores of Vons, Ralphs, and Albertsons were affected as demonstrators fought for healthcare and retirement benefits for workers. The strike ended in a compromise.

22

UPS Workers Strike (1997)

UPS Workers Strike (1997)

With more than 185,000 UPS Teamsters walking out on the United Parcel Service (UPS), the company lost nearly $600 million dollars before they agreed to start hiring full time.


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Greyhound Bus Strikes (1990)

Greyhound Bus Strikes (1990)

Nearly 10,000 Greyhound bus drivers and other office workers walked out on the company in 1990 as a protest for their stagnant wages. The three-year strike initially stranded thousands of passengers across the country and also forced the company to spend $20 million to train replacement drivers from private security firms. As the company’s earnings plummeted by as much as 30%, it almost drove the company into bankruptcy. In the end, they hired back all the drivers and paid another $20 million in back wages.



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