US labor strikes surge to 23-Year High in 2023: labor department data


(MENAFN) In 2023, labor strikes in the United States surged to their highest level in 23 years, according to data released by the Labor Department on Wednesday. The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that there were a total of 33 strikes last year, involving 458,900 workers in major work stoppages.

The impact of these strikes was significant, resulting in a staggering 16.7 million days of work lost due to the combined number and duration of the strikes. This figure represents a substantial increase from the previous year, where 127,000 workers participated in strikes resulting in 2.2 million days of work lost in 2022.

The statistics for 2023 mark the highest level of labor strikes since the year 2000, when there were 39 major strikes resulting in a total of 20.4 million days of work lost. This surge in labor strikes underscores the intensifying tensions and challenges between workers and employers across various industries in the United States.

The data reflects the complex dynamics of labor relations and the evolving landscape of workplace conditions and employee rights.

The increasing frequency and scale of labor strikes highlight the importance of effective communication, negotiation, and resolution mechanisms to address the concerns and grievances of workers while ensuring sustainable and productive labor practices in the country.

"The lowest annual total of major work stoppages was 5 in 2009 and the highest was 470 in 1952," as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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