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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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Uniformed police stand in a line before strikers.
During strikes, tense scenes between labor and management can be seen.
Photo from David Bacon.
Long Strikes and Violence
A strategy management sometimes uses to break a strike is to outlast the strikers. Although strikes cause immense financial damage to companies, some companies have enough financial reserves to wait it out. Their hope is that the striking workers will become so desperate for money that they will have to give up their demands and return to work. As a strike drags on, tension between management and labor increases, tempers on both sides flare, and sometimes violence occurs. In extreme cases, workers have sometimes tried to sabotage company machinery and destroy company property. Company owners have sometimes hired "goons" to physically intimidate or rough up striking workers. Click on PICTURES below to see an additional photo of Los Angeles police who have been called in to arrest angry striking janitors at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, 1997.
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