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Data: BLS; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

In 2018, there were 20 major work stoppages involving 485,000 workers, the highest since 2007, per new Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Education strikes overwhelmingly dominated, and they show no sign of stopping in 2019.

The big picture: Strikes by educators have been a tipping point in the unrest over wages and other needs. A Chicago Teachers Union strike from 2012, which was the largest that year with 185,500 lost worker days, wouldn't even make the top three in 2018.

Driving the news: Oakland teachers went on strike Thursday, joining Los Angeles and Denver among major U.S. cities that have seen teachers' strikes in recent months.

Strikes that challenged state governments in 2018:

  1. Arizona: 486,000 lost worker days
  2. Oklahoma: 405,000 lost worker days
  3. West Virginia: 319,000 lost worker days
  4. Colorado: 126,000 lost worker days
  5. North Carolina: 123,000 lost worker days
  6. Kentucky: 52,000 lost worker days
“There is no strike wave. People are not strike happy. Marches of teachers are realizing they can do something when the powers that be won’t listen to their needs."
— Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers

What to watch: Weingarten said the unrest will keep bubbling over.

  • West Virginia had its second walkout in less than a year where teachers are protesting a bill that would open 7 charter schools.
  • The first Denver teacher strike in 25 years ended last Thursday while union and district negotiators are in compensation talks, CNN reports.
  • Teachers in Los Angeles, the country's second-biggest school district, went on strike in January for the first time in 30 years. California also had teachers from three charter schools strike in January, a first for the state.
  • Summit Academy Parma teachers in Ohio are on strike strike, citing wage discrepancies.
  • Striking Chicago International Charter School teachers resumed classes Tuesday after a tentative deal included pay increases, class-size limits and scheduling changes.

Methodology: BLS tracks work stoppages of more than 1,000 lost worker days and counts work days and non-holidays only.

Go deeper: Teachers quit at highest rate on record in 2018

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Blinken to visit Ukraine as Russia invasion threat looms

Blinken (R) with President Zelensky. Photo: Efrem Lukatsky/Pool via Getty

Secretary of State Antony Tony Blinken will travel to Ukraine on Tuesday as the country faces an ongoing threat of Russian invasion.

Driving the news: Blinken will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, as well as officials at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv to discuss contingency planning. He'll then travel to Berlin to meet German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and attend a meeting of the "Transatlantic Quad" — France, Germany, the U.K. and U.S.

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At least 3 dead after Tonga volcano eruption and tsunami

A satellite image of the explosive eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on Saturday. Photo: UNICEF/NOAA

At least three people are confirmed to have died in Tonga following the undersea volcanic eruption that sent tsunami waves toward the island nation and across the Pacific over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.

The big picture: Officials reported major damage along the western coast of the main island of Tongatapu, where the capital, Nuku'alofa, was covered in ash and dust, including on the runway of the airport. Officials in Tonga confirmed three deaths in the country's first official statement since the crisis began.

Mike Allen, author of AM
1 hour ago - Economy & Business

Charted: GOP surged as Biden slumped

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Reproduced from Gallup. (Independents were asked their party leaning.) Chart: Axios Visuals

Gallup polling found a huge shift in party preference over the course of 2021, from a 9-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter to a 5-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter.

Why it matters: It's the biggest swing in one calendar year for Gallup's 30 years of tracking.