After decades of declining strike activity, data on major work stoppages from the Bureau of Labor Statistics—including new data released yesterday—confirm that there was a substantial upsurge in 2018 and 2019. The average of 455,000 workers involved in major work stoppages made up the largest two-year average in 35 years.
Heidi Shierholz, Policy Director for the Economic Policy Institute, said that “The increase in strike numbers shows that workers understand that joining together in collective action remains an effective way to raise wages and benefits, and improve working conditions.” Read their report on epi.org
On today’s labor calendar, the American Federation of Teachers is hosting a conversation about Artificial Intelligence In Education: Is There A Silver Lining In The Dystopian Storm Clouds? Today at noon; for details and the latest local labor events listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history…
On this date in 1880, John L. Lewis, president of United Mine Workers of America and founding president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, or CIO, was born near Lucas, Iowa.
Today’s labor quote is by abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who was born into slavery near Easton, Maryland on this date in 1818. Frederick Douglass, who said:
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
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