Number of Major U.S. Work Stoppages*, 2017: 7
Number of Years Since 1947** with Fewer Such Stoppages: 1
The Year with Fewest Such Stoppages: 2009 (Great Recession)
*Defined as events “involving 1,000 or more workers and lasting at least one shift.”
** Starting date of this Bureau of Labor Statistics series.
(Source: “Major Work Stoppages in 2017,” News Release USDL-18-0206, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, February 9, 2018, https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/wkstp.pdf )