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U.S. Labor Strikes Rose to 18-Year High in 2019, Led by Teachers

  • 25 big strikes boosted total idle days to highest since 2004
  • General Motors and Chicago teachers contributed to increase
Demonstrators march during a teachers strike in Los Angeles.

Demonstrators march during a teachers strike in Los Angeles.

Photographer: Scott Heins/Bloomberg

U.S. labor strikes last year rose to the highest level since 2001, with lost work days led by General Motors Co. and Chicago Public Schools.

Total work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers climbed to 25 in 2019, with most of them education and health workers across the country, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Tuesday.