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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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GOP implosion: Trump threats, payback

Spotted last week on a work van in Evansville, Ind. Photo: Sam Owens/The Evansville Courier & Press via Reuters

The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics.

Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the nation’s capital, it's even worse.

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The limits of Biden's plan to cancel student debt

Data: New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax; Chart: Axios Visuals

There’s a growing consensus among Americans who want President Biden to cancel student debt — but addressing the ballooning debt burden is much more complicated than it seems.

Why it matters: Student debt is stopping millions of Americans from buying homes, buying cars and starting families. And the crisis is rapidly getting worse.

Why made-for-TV moments matter during the pandemic

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Erin Schaff-Pool, Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images

In a world where most Americans are isolated and forced to laugh, cry and mourn without friends or family by their side, viral moments can offer critical opportunities to unite the country or divide it.

Driving the news: President Biden's inauguration was produced to create several made-for-social viral moments, a tactic similar to what the Democratic National Committee and the Biden campaign pulled off during the Democratic National Convention.