Each year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics collects the following data: unions on strike —And last year there were more than usual.
Twenty-three major work stoppages occurred during the year, while others continued from 2022 and earlier. Over the last 20 years, there are typically only 16 such outages per year. A major work stoppage involves more than 1,000 workers and lasts at least one shift during the working week.
Here’s a look at the biggest strikes of 2022 — according to the total number of free hours for all participants — including why workers stood up and what happened next.
1. Charter Communications IBEW
Cumulative idle days: 2,284,200
Strike duration: March 28, 2017 to April 18, 2022
workers involved: 1,800 members of the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers (IBEW) (3 locals in New York and New Jersey)
2022’s biggest strike would have lasted more than five years, but the feud between IBEW and cable company Charter had begun long before that.
“Local 3 and Charter Communications have put an end to a nearly decade-long battle.” written by the union last summer. “Despite our constant efforts, Charter was able to operate throughout the strike.”
Ultimately, the unions gave up on the strikers. Many of the strikers were struggling for low-paying jobs or driving Ubers during the pandemic. forbes.
Explaining the ‘unfortunate reality’ that strikers failed to achieve what they hoped for – maintaining union pensions and health care plans After merger — IBEW said in a statement over the summer that it no longer represents Charter employees in the New York City area and could not discuss the details of the settlement.
Last November, a group of former strikers sued IBEW for $100 million, alleging that IBEW was operated in bad faith.
2. UAW at the University of California
Cumulative idle days: 1,272,000
Strike duration: November 14th to December 23rd, 2022
workers involved: 36,000 to 48,000 members of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2865 and Local 5810 located throughout California
The largest strike, which will take place in full in 2022, ended with a deal between the University of California and graduate student workers. Six weeks later, the university offered him a raise of 5% to 9% almost immediately, and another 16% to nearly 33% in October. school says.
Additional concessions include reimbursement of childcare fees for each semester, increased paid time off, extended fee waivers, and parking on par with other university employees.
3. CNH Industrial UAW
Cumulative idle days: 180,000
Strike duration: May 2, 2022 to January 21, 2023
workers involved: 1,000 members of United Auto Workers (UAW) in Burlington, Iowa and Racine, Wisconsin
A strike by workers at CNH Industrial, which manufactures construction equipment, End early 2023.
Details of the resulting agreement were kept confidential, but the company said employees had rejected previous offers of pay increases of 28% to 38% over four years. It was part According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
4. NUHW at Kaiser Permanente Northern California Facility
Cumulative idle days: 90,000
Strike duration: August 15th to October 18th, 2022
workers involved: 2,000 members of the National Union of Health Professionals in Northern California
Mental health therapists in Northern California went on strike against health care provider Kaiser Permanente for better wages and more time between patients that could be used to prepare and plan documents. Area ABC series.
Reach Kaiser The four-year contract with workers benefits patients and promotes collaboration aimed at “improving access to mental health care, while at the same time recognizing and promoting mental health therapists in critical work.” We will provide appropriate support,” he said.
5. UFCW at Kroger/King Soopers
Cumulative idle days: 72,000
Strike duration: January 12-25, 2022
workers involved: 8,000 members of Denver’s United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 7
Grocery store employee asking for a raise $6 or more per hour staged a two-week strike against Kroger-owned King Supers on the Denver subway early last year.
they succeeded In securing these pay increases, we will also protect pension benefits and better share health care costs.
6. MFT and ESP in Minneapolis Public Schools
Cumulative idle days: 67,500
Strike duration: March 8-28, 2022
workers involved: Minneapolis Teachers Federation (MFT) Local 59 and 4,500 members of Education Support Professionals (ESP) in Minneapolis, Minnesota
defended strike 30,000+ students The absence of classes for almost three weeks has increased wages, restricted class sizes and protected minority teachers. This was the first strike by a Minneapolis teacher since his 1970s.
7. MNA at Twin Cities Hospitals Group and others
Cumulative idle days: 45,000
Strike duration: September 12-14, 2022
workers involved: 15,000 members of the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) in multiple areas of Minnesota
Nurses in Minnesota went on strike last fall against multiple medical facilities, including hospitals run by Essentia Health and St. Luke’s. Unfair labor practices and understaffing related to safety.
The nurses returned to work three days later, believing they were seeing improvement, but the union proposed a second strike in December over the same issue.The strike was called off after negotiations Resulted in 17% and 18% pay raises.
8. CNA at Sutter Health Hospitals
Cumulative idle days: 40,000
Strike duration: April 18-22, 2022
workers involved: 8,000 members of the California Nurses Association (CNA)/National Nurses United (NNU) in Berkeley, CA
Nurses went on strike against Sutter Health over deteriorating hospital conditions at a California medical facility. Although the April strike was relatively short, longer dispute between companies and healthcare professionals.
Subsequent strikes took place in October and December, with nurses expressing concerns. Workplace violence and high turnoverNegotiations will continue until March 2023, with nurses securing a new agreement that includes planning for staff recruitment and retention and better safety protocols.
9. IAM of the Weyerhaeuser Company
Cumulative idle days: 39,600
Strike duration: September 13th to October 28th, 2022
workers involved: 1,200 members of the International Association of Mechanics and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local Lodge W246 in multiple locations in Oregon and Washington
workers did Strike against lumber company Weyerhaeuser after negotiations on wage increases and health insurance premiums failed. Few details were made public, but the union ended the strike after Weyerhaeuser made new concessions. Local radio station KXRO reported.