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Older photo of men holding signs on strike.
Labor Unions
  1. U.S. Labor Unions in the 1940s
  2. U.S. Unions in the Cold War
  3. Public worker unions in the United States
  4. Decline in Strike Activity in the US
  5. Union Membership Across the United States
  6. Right-to-Work Laws
  7. Types of Unions in the United States
  8. The AFL-CIO
  9. Labor Contracts in the United States
  10. Strikes in the United States
  11. What Happens During a Strike
  12. Long Strikes and Violence
  13. The 1964 Civil Rights Act
  14. Union Campaign Contributions and Political Influence
  15. Unions and Politics
  16. U.S. Unions in the 90s and Today
  17. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: George Meany
  18. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: John L. Lewis
  19. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: Walter Reuther
  20. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: A. Philip Randolph
  21. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: Jimmy Hoffa
  22. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: Caesar Chavez
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Striking air controler holds his son at a rally.
Striking Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization members in a 1981 Labor Day parade.
Photo from Jim West.
Decline in Strike Activity in the US
A poor economy in the 1970s and a conservative political climate in the 1980s resulted in fewer strikes in those years. During this time non-union workers, or scabs, were increasingly used to break strikes. The most famous example of this was when President Ronald Reagan fired striking union air traffic controllers, and hired new ones to take their place. As federal workers the air traffic controllers did not have the right to strike. However, in the past when federal workers had gone on strike, such as the postal strike of 1970, the government had negotiated with the unions to reach an agreement. President Reagan’s get tough attitude toward the strikers received overwhelming public support. Click on CHARTS below for additional information about strikes.
Special Terms: strike  |  scabs  |  right to strike

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