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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7. 1956 Bituminous Coal Strike -- On April Fools’ day of 1946, the United Mine Workers of America called on 400,000 bituminous coal miners in 26 states to strike for safer conditions, health benefits and pay. The strike lasted until December.

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