America’s Great Strike Waves Have Shaped the Country. We Can Unleash Another.

Erik Loomis’ “A History of America in Ten Strikes” is a powerful reminder of the need for worker militancy.

Workers’ power is rooted in the work we do and our occasional refusal to do it. But, until recently, that refusal had become rare: Work stoppages have declined to historically low levels over the past four decades.

There were 187 major strikes in 1980, involving 795,000 workers. In 2017, there were just seven, with 25,000 workers.

How then do we revive the strike when so few workers have seen one, let alone participated?



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