Feb 15, 2024 - Business

Charted: Driven to strike

Data: Cornell ILR; Note: Stoppages include lockouts; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Cornell ILR; Note: Stoppages include lockouts; Chart: Axios Visuals

Pay drove the most work stoppages in 2023, while health and safety issues were the second most popular cause, according to a new report by Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Why it matters: Unions have been emboldened by 2023's uptick in strikes, including the UAW strike and the Hollywood writers and actors strikes, Nathan writes.

The big picture: The number of workers who walked off the job surged by 141% in 2023, as Emily Peck reported this morning in our sibling newsletter, Axios Markets.

  • Some 539,000 workers walked off the job last year.
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