10 biggest strikes in U.S. history

POSTED: 11:21 AM Sep 17 2012   UPDATED: 10:47 AM Feb 02 2015

The United Steelworkers union asked union workers at nine U.S. refineries to stop working after a national contract covering dozens of oil facilities expired on Monday. Take a look back at the 10 biggest strikes in U.S. history.

Biggest Strikes - 1934 textiles
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6. Textile Workers Strike of 1934 -- On Labor Day in 1934, after years of long hours and low wages, more than 400,000 American textile workers on the East Coast went on strike in response to what they believed was negligent representation of textile labor in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's National Recovery Administration. A lack of outside support forced the strike to end after just 20 days.


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