I am teaching Labor Economics this Fall, and it is interesting when strikes occur in your favorite business so frequently. first we had the non-strike on the East coast, and now we have this action. There’s obvious discontent among workers, and it’s time for companies to pay the piper.
Strikes in recent years are rare events– very few each year, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics figures. Even rarer are stoppages involving over 1000 workers. Perhaps that is because fewer installations employ over 1000 workers. but it could be we are at the bottom of a cycle, and the trend will be up. We are certainly seeing more actions in Europe and in India, too.