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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4. Steel Strike of 1919 -- In September 1919, United States Steel Corporation workers in Pittsburgh organized a strike against poor working conditions, long hours, low wages and corporate harassment regarding union involvement. The strike failed and eventually broke up in January 1920, resulting in an absence of union organization in the steel industry for the next 15 years.

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