10 biggest strikes in U.S. history

Published On: Sep 17 2012 11:21:36 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 04 2014 11:39:46 AM EDT

Arrests began early Thursday morning outside a busy McDonald's in New York City as thousands of fast-food workers coast to coast put down their burger flippers and picked up picket signs in a national strike that included civil disobedience as the workers rally for $15 minimum wages and the right to form a union without retaliation. Take a look back at the 10 biggest strikes in U.S. history.

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8. Steel Strike of 1959 -- More than 500,000 steel workers walked off the job nationwide in November 1959 over a demand for higher wages and to protect a contract clause that guaranteed worker jobs and hours. They won their case on both issues.

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