Major Work Stoppages in 2014

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic News Release, USDL-15-0211, February 11, 2015

In 2014, there were 11 major work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers and lasting at least one
shift, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The 11 major work stoppages beginning in
2014 were down from the 15 major work stoppages beginning in 2013, and equaled the second lowest
annual total (11 in 2010) of work stoppages since the series began in 1947. The lowest annual total was
5 in 2009. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

Major work stoppages beginning in 2014 idled 34,000 workers, lower than the 2013 total of 55,000
idled workers. In 2014, there were 200,000 days idle from major work stoppages in effect, also lower
than 2013 with 290,000 days idle. In 2014, private industry organizations accounted for 9 of the 11
major work stoppages in 2014. In addition, 7 of the 11 major work stoppages beginning in 2014
occurred in the health care and social assistance industry and the educational services industry. (See
table 2.)