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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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Two women hold signs supporting teachers.
Hawaii educators picket in 2001.
Photo Courtesy of the Hawaii State Teachers Association.
Strikes in the United States
Striking is a way for workers to pressure their employers to meet their demands. If union members vote to strike, production is shut down. During the strike period management and labor continue to negotiate. When union leaders think they have an acceptable contract proposal from management, all the union members must vote whether or not to accept the proposal. If the new contract is accepted, the strike ends. If it is rejected, the strike continues and negotiators for both sides must work out a new proposal. Strikers often carry signs stating their demands or complaints while walking in an organized manner in front of their workplace. This is known as picketing. The entire Hawaii public school system was shut down by a strike of public school teachers and university faculty in 2001, the first time this had ever happened in the United States.
Special Terms: strike  |  contract

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