25 Strikes That Really Got the Point Across
20. Salad Bowl Strike (1970)
A series of strikes, mass demonstrations, and boycotts, which began on August 23, 1970, these are often considered the “largest farm worker strike in US history.” It ended with new legislation being passed concerning wages and unions.
15. Bituminous Coal Strike (1946)
From April to December 1946, almost 400,000 bituminous coalminers from the United Mine Workers of America went on a strike for safer working conditions, health benefits and pay. Just as the national economy of the United States was recovering from the ill-effects of World War II, the strike threatened to affect 26 states. Since this was counterproductive to the national industrial recovery, President Harry S. Truman approached the union with a settlement, which they rejected so they were later fined with $3.5 million. This ended the strike and forced an agreement where most of the UMWA’s demands were met in their compromised agreement with President Truman.
10. Police Strikes (1919)
The swiftness and the solidarity of the 12,000 members of the Metropolitan Force under the National Union of Police and Prison Officers (NUPPO) on August 29, 1918 shocked the British government as it was just reeling from domestic and international labor unrest. Their demands, which included wage increase, progressive war bonuses, and shortening of pension settlement were eventually met after another successful strike in June 1919.
5. Lattimer Strike (1897)
The violent death of 19 unarmed striking coalminers on September 10, 1897 in the Lattimer mine in Hazleton, Pennsylvania became the turning point for the United Mine Workers (UMW). Mostly of Polish, Lithuanian, Slovak and German descent, these 19 victims were shot by the Luzerne County sheriff’s posse and as a result, the UMW saw a dramatic upsurge of more than 10,000 new members. After three years, the union became powerful enough to demand wage increases and safety improvements for miners in the region.