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Top 10 Famous Strikes in Recent History

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When all else fails, strike! This is how union workers think when they want to get their points across. For the majority of those employed, however, protesting a job is unthinkable, not to mention a fireable offense. When pay becomes too low to bear, options exist in the form of a) negotiating with a boss and/or working overtime, b) finding a new job that pays better, or c) sucking it up. In this way union workers have it easy, not to mention the fact that they usually get paid at least double what a non-union worker makes, or that their contracts are continually open for discussion (and improvement). Here are ten of the most famous strikes in recent history (the last decade or so):


General Motors Strike

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In 2007, from September 24 to 26, about 73,000 auto workers in the United Auto Workers Union raised their wrenches defiantly against General Motors, with concerns of compensation, benefits, job stability and company investment (complaints of the usual sort). After two assembly plants and a transmission facility in Canada were, effectively, shut down, a deal was agreed upon and the wheels were in motion once more.


UK Postal Strike


Tens of millions of items were not delivered from the Summer of 2009 to the Spring of 2010, due to picketing postal workers. The strike was agreed upon after Royal Mail failed to disclose how modernization plans would affect workers’ job security. A letter-route sequencing machine, for instance, would, effectively, render human workers obsolete. A deal was eventually struck, in the form of higher pay and an agreement to maintain 75% of workers in full-time positions.


South Africa Miners Strike


A one-day strike on December 4th, 2007; the entirety of the mining industry went on strike against the unsafe conditions of working in a mine. While the dangers of a mine are nothing new (just ask any Minecraft veteran who’s ever gone spelunking for iron ore after dark), it was the rise in deaths between 2006 and 2007, and a government plan to reduce this number, which prompted such a resounding outcry.


Wal-Mart Strike

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In 2006, 200 employees from a Florida Wal-Mart stood outside in protest of unfair working conditions, ranging from belittled wages to cut hours. Wal-Mart has long be perceived as an anti-personnel juggernaut, donning a deceptive “smiley face” logo, in spite of what appears on the employees’ faces. The customers never really see the blood, sweat and tears that lies behind a two-dollar 40-pack of paper towels (that is, beyond that which they wipe up themselves). Protesting paid off, however, in the most literal of ways – in 2008 the franchise paid out $640 million to settle a majority of the suits filed against the yellow smiley face.


Verizon Strike


Forty five thousand Verizon employees simultaneously shouted “Can you hear me now?” (so to speak) as workers across the country went on strike. As a result, 411 offered very little help. Contracts of myriad landline employees had expired, leaving them jobless in a world where wireless is the dominant format. And up went the pickets, with many gathered around the New York headquarters.


Hockey Strike

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Who would’ve thought hockey could cease to be a sport? Such seemed to be the case during a lockout during the 2004-2005 season that seemed to last forever. It felt weird at the time, hockey always seeming to be an immortal institution far too big for petty grievances; but like the ever-circling Zamboni, the ice remained clear for a whole year. There was a weird silence, teeming with feelings of resentment and betrayal. The issue? Players’ salaries and the threat of salary caps being implemented. Hockey players were just unwilling to accept checks that body-checked their pride. Eventually it was resolved, and Stanley Cups have been dealt once more (as well as more than handsome contracts for the stick-whacking pros).


Football Strike


It didn’t last nearly as long as the hockey strike, partially for fear of the prospect of losing FOOTBALL for a whole year. That would be like America going on sick-leave (to some). It surely wasn’t too hard to settle the over-the-top needs of the players, when the bloated empire itself rakes in more stacks of cash than can be laid, like astro-turf, over Gillette Stadium’s playing field. Plenty of money to support Michael Vick’s dog-fighting habits, anyway.


New York City Transit Strike


In 2005, buses and subways were halted from December 20 to 22. Millions who rely on public transportation to carry on the essential of life were effectively grounded. The strike, on behalf of the Transport Workers Union, demanded from the Metropolitan Transit Authority pension, wage and retirement increases in unsuccessful contract negotiations. Workers were apparently adequately satiated, as transit operations were back in full order in the late morning of December 22nd.


Writers’ Strike


Between November of 2007 and February of 2008, T.V. was just not happening. That is, it wasn’t being written, and thus wasn’t airing. Potential losses were estimated to be between hundreds of millions and billions of dollars on behalf of the strike. The cause was a failure to agree on terms for a new contract for the writers’ issues, including DVD residuals, animation and reality T.V. writers, and New Media disbursement. Many actors joined in on the picketing, in spite of the forbidding terms of their own contracts, standing by those who give them their on-screen identities. Several shows even returned to air sans writers, such as the Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report (the latter two however changed their names during the strike to “A Daily Show” and Colbert Report, with two hard ‘T’s).


Teachers’ Strike

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It is a tireless mantra: teachers have forever been called “overworked and underpaid,” and finally, at least in Washington, they stood up with signs in hand. The teachers went on strike in September 2011, for the reasons of low pay, classroom size and the way in which districts toss teachers around. Even though district lawyers say public workers can’t legally strike, and the Tacoma School District tried to get the Supreme Court to order teachers back to the classrooms, the protests caused schools to remain closed for days on end. Still, teachers get little more than that shiny red apple on their desk.

  • Vanowensbody

    Great list The UPS strike a decade or so ago was another if I recall correctly?

  • Jimmy999


    • wowantonlavey

      so close and yet, soo far. Better luck next time.
      The NHL stoppage wasn’t a strike, it was a lock out same as the nba is going through now.

    • brian


  • Stu Miller’s Gust

    I didn’t bother to read this nitwit’s political opinions. Unions and federal regulations are a vital component of the capitalist system.

    • That’s why you didn’t it????

      The fact that Ryan Thomas wrote it was enough for me to skip reading it!

      • FDS

        Yet you comment on EVERY SINGLE ONE of his pieces…I think you LOVE him…

        • Yeaaaah, that must be it…

  • David

    How do you stop a snake from striking?

    Pay it decent wages.

    • Ni99a

      You know, I have never understood about workers’ right.

      How can you complain about wages being too low? That’s your problem. If you dont like it change your job. They are plenty of people who want your job.

      And when technology take over human’s job, isn’t that more efficient? The company is not obligated to keep you. You dont own the company. You dont teach how the company to do its job.

      And how is a company obligated to give you benefits? You should be glad they even gave you a job in the first place.

      Please enlighten me in a college student’s way.

      • mom424

        You obviously haven’t been around long enough. You weren’t around when the company not only owned your job, but your life. Seriously, did you not take history? Do you not know of the 100s of thousands that died, first because of unsafe working conditions, and then at the hands of the company? The rich, as a general rule, want to stay that way. At all costs – it is easiest to do that by keeping a bigger and bigger piece of the pie. And who do you think gets the smallest crumb? Why those that work the hardest.

        Do you think Sam’s family is hurting? Do you think Sam’s family cares about the illegals/part timers they hire so they don’t have to pay minimum wage/supply health benefits? No, but a union would. That’s the point.

        and btw – I am not a union supporter, not here in Canada. We have laws that protect us from most of the worst of that.

      • c vivendi

        I’m assuming that your a troll or a racist because of your name. But enough with you…

        How is the lock out for the nhl a strike? Also walmart does not have a union. I mention this because this list is about unions at least from what I thought if I’m wrong then ignore that. Otherwise nice list better then many of these list on here.

        • mom424

          I don’t believe they do – one of the few instances where they should.

          • Statusquofosho

            You got that right! Here in Canada, we have found a healthy median when it comes to company benefits and union rights. too much power in the upper brass results in greed and the ‘evil’ of capitalism, but too much power in the union just promotes laziness.

      • Melissa

        To answer your question in the same tone you asked it:
        A company needs workers. The country needs workers. People are needed that are paid low enough to give the company a profit, but high enough to afford a living and a. Not burden the state b. Be consumers. These are the people who are the majority of the working force. If underpaid and/ or overworked, not only does the quality of life for all decrease ( by being taught by angry teachers, treated disrespectfully by angry workers) but these people tend to burden the state by being a. Unhealthy b. Prone to violence c.prone to crime…. In short, a civilized capitalist state needs to co sider its working force as an asset to be taken care of.

      • beerclark

        Ni99a: You answered your own question. How can a company complain when their employees are not paid enough to want to work? Your statement seems to get sucked into the “company line” without understanding the whole story.

        I am not just siding with Unions. Ryan would have made this a decent list if he commented on the realities of each strike rather then just trash the workers. After all, some unions have made horrible decisions in the past. United Auto Workers have been abusing automakers for so long, it finally came back to hurt the US industry. There was a documentary about a Hormell strike that shows when workers have a complete lack of understanding that the company they strike against must make a profit….or else everyone loses.

        But the companies are no better. Many times a strike also shows a companies poor management. It becomes a poor excuse of diplomacy, too much self inflated pride, or simple ignorance in the bottom line of ‘managing’. For example, there was a local school district that refused any concessions to the teachers for YEARS…meaning no contract. The district was abusing the fact that the teachers could not legally strike. This was proven by the fact that, on the verge of an illegal strike and lawsuit by the teachers, the teachers were given every concession….every single one. What happened? The district’s lawyers made it clear to the district that what they have been doing is not only illegal… but that jail time would not be impossible.

        mom424 has it correct. You need to learn your history to understand what strikes are all about.

        And to think that I came up with this in 10 minutes… this list could have been much better.

        • Ni99a

          You guys only answered my first point. What about the other two?

          And Beerclark I dont get what you meant by I answered my own question.

  • Amrendra

    This list should be called ” 10 famous strikes in US which no one cares about outside the US”.

    • Armin Tamzarian

      “And one from South Africa so all amerifags can point at that when they indignantly say a they aren’t arrogant self-absorbed idiots.”

      • Amrendra

        Well Armin…hahahahahha. to be honest I had only heard of the South African strike, and it hit a cord as these guys work very very hard in these mines and they indeed did the right thing. Rest who cares what Wal-Mart or Wal-Fart does!!!

        • Armin Tamzarian

          Yup, I thought the same. People who demonstrate for the right to not die a sudden death because their bosses are to cheap to take effective security measures aren’t nearly as important as the people strike to get more money for writing a few jokes.

          But hey, they aren’t American, so they don’t really count…

          • Amrendra

            I think Ryan Thomas has been hired by the American Govt to share and spread the “Great American Values, and the notions of Freedom and liberty”. Good job Ryan. Your people would be so proud of you. you are one of a kind on Listverse. Keep on the good job. Is printing American lists on the internet also part of the the Patriotic act. HAHAHAHAHAHA

      • ARSE

        Armin Tamzarian would like like the US to come “spread democracy” in whatever great nation you live? The closest you come to standing up to America is on a internet post. I’m American and what the f**k do I care about south africa? Who gives a damn about anyother country besides the US and UK. The world would not exist without us, you would fight yourselves to the death over nothing.

        • Armin Tamzarian

          The US wouldn’t exist without us Dutch, so you still owe us one.

          Anyhow, I don’t hate the US, I just think a lot of Americans are self-centred idiots. The ideals behind the US are quite praiseworthy. Too bad many Americans don’t seem to care about them much.

          • Trek Girl

            Please do not lump us all together. It seems like most U.S. citizens are self-centered idiots because the loud, self-centered people are often the loudest and most obnoxious. We don’t like them either!

          • Arsnl

            @trek: I love it when someone post a dupb comment and someone else feels the need to justify themselves. You know that stupidity is not something that has accumulated in the us. It’s spread around uniformly.

          • Sam Spade

            World War II Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial near Cologne-Boulogne highway. Debt paid.

          • Mike Giggler

            No Sam, it isn’t. You don’t get to behave like a jackass just because someone who wasn’t you fought Nazism. Expecting people to lick your arse while saying you don’t have to care about any country but your own is sheer ignorance.

          • Nona

            Spam much?

          • Same Spade

            My grandfather is is one of those people buried in that cemetery you ego-centric prick. I have every bit the right to say that debt is paid. My mother grew up with out her father because the countries in Europe…much like they are doing now…sat around passing the buck instead of dealing with their own problems.

          • Boss

            Sam Spade, you’re a dumb ass. The US didn’t join WW2 in order to help Europe. The US joined the war because Japan provoked them.

  • isabella

    okay this list should of been called 10 famous strikes in american recent history.

    What about the quantas strike???????? Quantas is an australian owned company and yes, the majority of the effects were felt here but also around the world in a multitude of international airports!! The whole company went into total lock down! Millions of people stranded! Millions of dollars lost and a once great icon tarnished. How the hell did it not make it onto the list?????? Aaand it only happened a few weeks ago so unless you are not only stupid but illiterate and deaf then there is no way you could of missed it.

    • Amrendra

      Well Isabella I think you forgot that in the heads of our self-centered American friends they think that they make the world go round. This isn’t planet earth. This is Planet USA. Its the land of the free. So these friends don’t need to know anything outside their country. Some of the Americans might be thinking that Qanatas would be some exotic bird or animal which is only found in Australia. So how can you expect Ryan to write about the Qantas Strike.

    • Baldguy

      You mean Qantas? :-)

  • Stu Miller’s Gust

    I apologize being so insensitive and calling the author a nitwit. He’s obviously still distraught over the break-up of The Smiths.

    • Barryriley

      Haha, love it. Seriously though, stop posting this muppet’s lists

  • Armin Tamzarian

    Ryan Thomas, you are still a retard. Your mother should’ve had a post-natal abortion.

    JFrater, please don’t post any more lists of this chlorinated gene pool.

    • danF

      lol, how come people don’t like this guy very much?

    • oldirtykoala

      So listversians shall we start off the new list, famous strikes 2 with the great, people VS Ryan Thomas strike of 2011-12.

      Sorry Ryan held out as long as I could.

    • @Armin Tamzarian …”JFrater, please don’t post any more lists of this chlorinated gene pool.”


      Oh, Armin! You meant to say, “JFrater, please don’t post any more lists of this UNchlorinated gene pool.”

      Chlorine would have prevented RT from existing… :-)

    • Weep

      Well if it’s outside the womb, it can no longer be “aborted” from one. Your wordplay bears no grounds in a logical reality, therefore you are inept.

  • timfy

    What about the UK miners strike that tore communities apart, nearly caused civil war and still has repercussions today in some parts of the UK. Families were split, some never to reunite and a once proud industry completely collapsed.

    • Armin Tamzarian

      And when was that?

      • DanF

        Let me google that for you'_strike_(1984%E2%80%931985)

        also teachers in the UK seem to go on strike at least once per term. I am fed up of hearing about strikes

        • Armin Tamzarian

          I know when it was. Timmah up there apparently does not, because then why would he suggest that it be included in a list of important strikes in the last ‘decade or so’.

          • danF

            you beat me to my below comment by one minute

    • DanF

      I guess this is recent strikes though

      • Amrendra

        Welcome back danF. Hope you remember your old nemesis. :-)

        • DanF

          lol, i think you might have me mistaken…do I have a nemesis?

  • gigi

    It’s sad that unions, which were supposed to be a good thing, are simply destroying our society today. Even my grandfather, who used to be a die-hard union man, has grown to loathe them.

    • Armin Tamzarian

      How are they destroying society?

      • OmegaMan

        I guess by providing material for Ryan Thomas to create this list??

        • Armin Tamzarian

          That’s a surprisingly good argument.

        • mrbrytsyd


  • ben

    Union workers earn “double” their non-union counterparts? Source or stfu.

  • soso

    This list doesn’t satisfy my reading needs and to add insult to injury no bonus that’s it I’ve had enough… STRIKE!!!!!!!!!!. I want TWO lists a day now. :)

    • oldirtykoala

      Be careful what you wish for….. it could end up being 2 Ryan Thomas lists a day. :-)

  • soso

    Oh its from the biggest losses to humanity list writer. Listen jfrater either I stay or him.

    • DanF

      Oh so that answers my above question

  • ben

    And also … the Royal Mail wasnt continuous throughout the period the author suggests. It was a series of one-day strikes, while a skeleton postal service still operated.

  • Surya

    Saying that the list is too American is a gross understatement. Barring one strike in UK and another in South Africa, all other cases in the list are petty cases that occured in USA. In some items, the author acted in such a naive manner that he did not feel it necessary to mention the country of the event, as if it is the moral duty of the readers to correctly assume the country of occurrence as America.

  • ben

    After reflecting for a while, I’ve figured it out. Ryan Thomas writes flame-bate lists that make everyone angry, they thetefore get hundreds of comments every time, so Jfrater publishes more and more to get more ad revenue because Ryan’s lists inflate the average number of weekly commenters here, on facebook/twitter etc. It’s a marketing strategy!

    • oldirtykoala

      Until they strike!!

    • flgh

      Guess I’ll write a “Top 10 reasons americans are Nazism-loving pedophiles” That’ll get more comments & comments & Jfrater’ll love me more than RT! =D

  • Elmien

    Strikes are so common in South Africa, we don’t even take note anymore. June/July is the official “Strike Season”.

  • Name

    i’m surprised ryan thomas was aloud to write again after that music list

    • inconspicuousdetective

      you’re not serious are you? aloud? not allowed?

  • venusbloo

    “Tens of millions of items were not delivered from the Summer of 2009 to the Spring of 2010 due to picketing postal workers. ”

    I didn’t know the strike had ended due to the amount of items that get stolen by the people who work for the Royal Mail and never get delivered.

  • Arsnl

    A list about strikes and no mention of France? In 2010 about 2 million people protested (1.2 according to the authorities) against augmentatio of retirement age. Why take a good idea and make a bad list?

    • Julius

      You guys strike constantly though, so it kinda turns into a blur.

      • Armin Tamzarian

        The only French strike that garnered any attention, was when the white flag-factory went on strike and the French military capabilities decreased by 50 percent.

        • Julius

          Meh, I remember being stuck for 2 days in Santiago de Compostela without money last year, because of some French strike.

          • Arsnl

            The AirFrance strike was at least anounced. Didn’t they give you some money and a hotel room, some food?
            The ones that arent anounced are the ones that suck the must. It’s called droit de retrait and you can stop working if you think you are threatened. Lately the transportation people were doing it: a month ago all trains in france stopped cuz a guy who checked tickets got stabbed ( and isolated event but every train worked felt threatened for some reason) and last week on a parisian commuter line (that is taken by about 700.000 people daily) stopped completely cuz they found traces of asbestos- that were 1/5th of the legal limit). Another strike that sucks: students or highschoolers strike. They block the acces to the uni so you can’t get in- even if you couldnt care less about their demands. Luckly it never happened at my uni.
            But some striked are really fun. I live near Republique (a square in Paris) and all strikes go right under my window. I got to see once several tractors passing for several hours- farmers’ strike.

          • Julius

            So if a 7/11 get’s robbed in France all other 7/11 can go on strike because they feel threatened? That’s even sillier than French contract laws.

          • Armin Tamzarian

            Only the French can have a droit de retrait. Even their army uses it, like, all the time.

          • Arsnl

            If a worker feels like his health is threatened he can stop working. Think it goes like that. Nobody actually does it except the transportation system(sncf- french railways, ratp- parisian public transport). If a prof gets haras*sed, school still goes on.
            Those incidents were considered silly, they didnt achieve nothing and the french do look at those companies in a passive aggressive way. It goes in their advantage the fact that it’s a monopoly.

        • Arsnl

          I’ll just just count that jab on world cup envy. God knows you lost so many finals but remember: It’s not winning that counts. It’s taking part.

          • Armin Tamzarian

            Who cares if you’re invade by the Hun about twice a decade, as long as you can kick a ball really well! That’s the spirit!

          • Arsnl

            Bold words for a man whose country lasted 5 days during WW2. Well what do you expect from a country that has flowers as main export and is sinking faster than titanic. Were you hoping that germans are allergic to pollen?

          • Armin Tamzarian

            We thought the Germans would be allergic to water, and we were quite right. We stopped the advance right at the good ol’ Hollandse Waterlinie, like the Watermasters we are.

            Too bad the English and French didn’t take the hint and redeployed their personnel (and more important: air power) in the Netherlands instead of running for the sea at Duinkerken. The war could’ve been so much shorter.

            That’s right, those tulip farmers were the first to resist blitzkrieg, while wholly unprepared and underarmed. Where were the French, with their ‘Maginot-line’? More like Imaginot-line, amiright? If I remember correctly your great hero Charles the Gaulle couldn’t even break the overstretched front of the Germans, while using equal material.

            So yeah, we got defeated by the Germans. Still not half as embarrassing as the French defeat.

            That’s when we learned the truth about French tanks: they have 6 gears, 1 for going forward, and 4 for going in reverse.

          • Arsnl

            Dude you’re so cute. You’re like one of those old dudes that looks at a game and pretends to be the coach: “no no no. He shouldnt have done this. Sure we were 7 goals down and 5 minutes of play left but im telling you. We had them where we wanted them.” 5 days man. I did not know tanks can go so fast. You should have negociated to be allies with them: it would have lasted longer than 5 days. Let’s face it. You’re the Georgia of western europe. And of course you are masters of water. Of bailing water out of your sinking country.
            And of course you were the first resistants. Because you were the first to bend over (and the quickest). You’re like an illiterate telling a 10 year old yeah sure you can read. But can you read Kafka?

          • Arsnl “…an illiterate telling a 10 year old yeah sure you can read. But can you read Kafka?”


            This is the best line anyone has *ever* come up with! I am adding it my sig. immediately!

          • Woyzeck

            This exchange is fucking brilliant.

  • Le tel

    No French Strikes?! but they’re always on strike! Work just across the border from France and alot of my colleagues live there. At least 3-4 times a year there is a public transport strike, I only know about his because of the bit*hin and whinging I have to put up with. Otherwise you just have to open up the regional paper to discover various others. I think a list of strikes from the 60’s and 70’s that had an important political impact would be more interesting. Just my 2 cents

    • Metalwrath

      I agree. I live in Paris and strikes or demonstrations are a weekly thing. Teachers, public transport, nurses, students, and even the police or unemployed! XD

      Strikes or demonstrations have almost lost all value in France because people do it all the time.

      • How can the unemployed strike? Do they go to work to protest being unemployed?

        • Here

          I don’t need to have a job to protest how ugly you are.

      • Arsnl

        I think RATP decided strikes should become standard cuz the past 2 days the RER B is on strike for some reason or another. But i dont understand why.

  • prakram bhushan

    OPEC strike?

  • frenemy

    @Arsnl. You sir win for the best definition for The Ryan Thomas: a man who turns a good idea into a bad list. He’s described as The because he’s that great at sucking.

    • Arsnl

      We want Blogball! We want Blogball! We want Blogball!

      • Julius

        May 25, 2011…

        It’s been too long.

      • mom424

        I agree! I agree!

  • DanF

    Would have been a good place to start in order to get some regional variation

  • Will Trame

    As to Number two: at least Hollywood avoided an actors’ strike the following year…not that I’m a fan of modern day scripted television. And, although it’s not recent, I recall the baseball strike of 1994. It was the first time that the World Series was cancelled.

    Not really a bad list but it seems Ryan Thomas loves to submit inflammatory subject material in order to garner a number of controversial comments…hence that last list about the greatest human losses. Another music list please…I love those.

  • Barryriley

    Your opening statement shows an incredible amount of ignorance towards the reasons for striking.

    Just because a non-union worker gets paid less than a union worker then this makes striking selfish and unreasonable. This is the view that allows a tiny percentage of the population to sit on a huge percentage of the wealth. “This man here is starving to death, eating scraps from the floor – you should be complaining because you’re being paid minimum wage for a back-breaking, life consuming jobs”

    Pyre ignorance and a dangerous view for a working man to hold

    • Julius

      If you’d read some of Ryan Thomas previous lists than ignorance wouldn’t surprise you whatsoever.

      • Barryriley

        I have, and yet I’m still baffled by this one. His ramblings have gone from the waffle of an imbecile to the chantings of an uneducated right-winger

  • DannyD

    No mention of the Ford Women Machinists strike in Dagenham, UK, campaigning for equal employment status and pay. This not only brought all of Ford’s UK production to a halt (there we no seats for cars) but, more importantly, it helped bring in new laws for equal pay for men/women in the workplace.

    I think you have enough missing items for another list or two.

  • missmozell

    No time to read all the comments, so I hope this isn’t redundant, and sorry–it’s another American one, but I AM American. How about the air traffic controlers strike? Even the comic strip Bloom County weighted in on this one. Ooo, and the Polish general strike that was led by Lec Ican’tspellhisname?

  • Armadillotron

    You know, strikes and protests, they achieve nothing. The person in charge just laughs, and thinks to themselves, “it`s those idiots again.” Look at the Iraq War. The biggest protest in history. The Government just went ahead and did it anyway. And the workers who strike, the boss knows that eventually they`ll go back to work. So it`s all a waste of time.

    • mom424

      I disagree – depends on the breadth of disgust. I do believe public opinion helped to cut short Vietnam; don’t forget the scale backs before pull out. I think it’s why we’re done in Afghanistan (even though the populace still needs us).

      • Armadillotron

        We will NEVER succeed in Afghanistan. Sooner or later, we`re going to leave. just like the Russians did. But Dave, Obama and the rest of the warmongering morons don`t realise this..

        • mom424

          I’m Canadian – I just want the peacekeepers to stay and protect the populace. I do realize that that is not their only mission at the moment. I understand why it is not as well; don’t have to like it though.

  • FlameHorse

    Why do people try to be the first to comment, and say “first!” I don’t get it.

    • mom424

      Internet stupidity is catching. Virulent pathogen imo.

    • Trek Girl

      Some people think it’s a fun thing to do. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re stupid, like some people would have you believe.

      • mom424

        I do see how it can become a contest. Regardless, not allowed here as per the comment faq….however when the rebuttal is awe inspiring, I tend to leave ’em. Can’t speak for the other mods.

      • Maggot

        It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re stupid

        Yes, it pretty much does mean that.

        Some people think it’s a fun thing to do.

        Only stupid people would think that.

        • Arsnl

          First reply to Maggot. Yayy!!! LOL

          • Arsnl

            After actually readin your comment i have to say: (texan) “OUPS!”

        • @Maggot “…Only stupid people would think that.”


          People stupid enough to think that don’t think :D

  • OmegaMan

    Firstly, I must confess. I walked through the list because you know why…. It pains me to be critical of something which I get to enjoy for free – I would openly criticize a book or anything else which I didn’t like because I paid for it – but…… hell, I know it’s useless.

    So, I am only going to go forward and add one of my own entries to the lists:

    How about a 12 day strike by Anna Hazare in India to fight against corruption??

  • mom424

    These are pretty lame picks – well except the teacher’s strike. Elementary School Teachers in the USA are so undervalued. You trust your kids to them; expect them to teach, train, and raise them; and them pay them garbage wages. No wonder you have so many teachers that fail standardized testing. Not exactly going to attract the cream of the crop. And don’t give me that crap about having summers off; betcha most of them take summer jobs – just so they don’t starve.

    Here in Canada, it’s a little better. They get paid ok because of collective bargaining, but you should hear folks b*tch. Of course, generally the ones with the least education b*tch the loudest. To my shame, some of my own family included. And they make a decent wage, but not as much as my hubby who works for an Asian auto manufacturer (non-union, he makes less than GM/Chrysler etc). Shows where our priorities lay. Sad.

    Speaking of auto-workers – didn’t do GM a damn bit of good. During the car-crash/bailout a couple years ago, GM, whose employees were costing them around 70 bucks an hour (benefits, support services, wages, etc), went the proverbial t*ts up. Lost 1/2 their work force. Sorry, sometimes it is just greedy. Asian mfrs, whose labour costs were around 35/40 bucks weathered the storm with no layoffs. (although, its not all a bed of roses – many contract workers now instead of risking the hire of full time employees)

    I think we should have looked a little further away and bit further back for some socially relevant (read important) labor actions.

  • guyinasuit

    Good list, but needs more…. flavor. Listverse’s quality has gone down lately.

    • mrbrytsyd

      No. Just quit reading lists by Ryan Thomas and you should be fine.

  • Now we’ve gone from merely stupid and uninformed to out and out insulting. Learn your history, fool.

  • Mike Giggler

    Oh, my. One of the worst lists in a long, long time.

    • mrbrytsyd

      You obviously didn’t read the “10 most important losses to humanity” list. But then again, it is by the same author so you may technically be right…

  • Britty

    We’ve got a transit strike up here in York Region, Ontario. It sucks >.< I can't get anywhere

  • Matt

    I think we’re bound to see more of these in the coming years. There’s been such a blowback against corporations, I think more workers will fight against them in solidarity.

  • Slappy

    Ryan, I think you’re going soft. I wasn’t offended until the second sentence.

  • drshady

    you should have named this list “Top 10 famous strikes in recent history of USA”….the rest of the world probably never heard of most of these…and surely they’re not so important for them.

  • weegmc

    Could have used more detail on the strikes themselves. as for the US bias on the list, 3 of the 10 entries were at least partially outside the US, and 3 others were strikes against international corporations. Some people are never satisfied….

  • rajimus23 you’re lists have been on a downhill slope for months and months including the fact that the majority of you’re writers are extremely biased and do the littlest possible amount for their research, I’d still take listverse over cracked.

  • Mark

    You can’t compare Cracked and Listverse, they’re two completely different sites that exist for different purposes. Both put out great lists

    Regarding the list, or more specifically this excerpt:

    “That would be like America going on sick-leave (to some). It surely wasn’t too hard to settle the over-the-top needs of the players when the bloated empire itself rakes in more stacks of cash than can be laid like astro-turf over Gillette Stadium’s playing field. Plenty of money to support Michael Vick’s dog-fighting habits anyway.”

    Seriously now? Decent enough list up until this chunk of crap

    • Arsnl

      Hihihi. He said “put out”.

  • another Ryan Thomas list…+AaaacccckkkK+

    • oouchan

      I agree. I didn’t even post. Can’t…as soon as I saw the author, I knew I should wait until tomorrow. Based on the comments…I see that I’m right. :)

    • Arsnl

      You read all those long comments? I guess I’ll have to reimburse your lost 5 mins.

      • Speaking of 5 min’s…..Andy Warhol said that everyone got 15 min’s of fame. I think Ryan Thomas’ 15 minutes are up.

  • any person

    what about the world series strikes? yes, i know they were almost 2 decades ago, but still

  • Dylan

    … the recent Canada Post strike should have been included… also the NBA lockout.

  • jaques

    I’ve been reading listverse from the shadows for about 6 months now but have been forced to break my silence and comment. Ryan Thomas’ lists are a joke, the man thinks he’s a scholar but writes like a school kid. You’ll know a Ryan Thomas list just from the blurb. It’ll contain all sorts of complex sentences that always fall short and very often don’t read well at all. What he intends to be ‘look how intelligent i am’ lists, are actually like reading a bowl of alphabetti- spaghetti. It baffles me that with so much negative feedback he is still allowed seemingly free-reign of the site!

  • See above

    Haymarket affair should be on here

  • aeoaeaoeaoeoaeaoeaoea

    Dear Ryan Thomas,

    I have stopped reading lists (including this one) that bear your name because they are idiotic and ridiculous. Just wanted to let you know that you suck a lot.


    • brian

      I am sure he is going to take your immature comments to heart

  • Alan

    My Mom was a local telephone operator with GTE. In the early 80s her building went “on strike” or was “locked out”, depending on who you asked. Mom was obliged to spend several hours a week walking a picket line in the snow. Eventually a deal was reached, but work moral collapsed. A year later the building closed and everything was outsourced. Mom got a small pension for her 25 years of service but was forced into early retirement much sooner than she wanted. That was 30 years ago – do the math.

    GTE no longer exists. Today when you call Information you’re speaking to somebody in another part of the country, or, more likely, another country. Happy now?

  • Arekku

    Such vile hatred for Americans on here. Yes, the list is poorly written and neglects many other famous strikes of the world, but please, for the sake of us Americans who are cultured and educated (and decidely not ignorant nor arrogant), direct your insults toward the writer and list, and don’t generalize the citizens of America.

    In the end, I think people in generally are pretty stupid.

    • Arekku

      *in general.

      My apologies.

  • tasmanian

    American teachers should come over here to Australia! Our teachers are underworked and overpaid (but that doesn’t stop them from threatening strikes). Now the unions want a $6000 bonus for teaching children to an adequate standard, where I believe if you don’t teach children to an acceptable level then you get fired. A %6000 bonus for doing their job! Absolutely disgusting.

  • Jesse

    “Verizon” and “Verizon Wireless” are separate companies (although verizon is a minor share-holder in verizon wireless)…

    Therefore… the “can you hear me now” joke is out of place.

    …just pointing that out.

  • brian

    If you dont like your job then quit (and quit being a fucking whiner). They need to just fire people. There are enough people desperate enough for work these days.

  • Arkham

    I noticed alot of people B***h and moan about Ryan Thomas. Well why dont you guys write a better list

    • Ben

      Okay, I think this qualifies:

      Top 5 numbers between 1 and 5 — by Ben
      1 – This is where it all begins, the number that zero wishes it could be. Often used in euphemisms e.g ‘Phwoarr, I’d give her one’
      2 – One’s older sister. Older, wiser, with a curiver figure. Often used in polite circles to describe the action of defecating i.e. ‘I’m going for a number 2’.
      3 – Often described as the magic number, but many would say it’s actually a crowd. Looks like 1 if it lost its backbone and ate a thousand pies.
      4 – Elegant and regal, four stands tall with its angular profile. Gazing out into the distance, it provokes thought and sadness. What’s wrong four? Why can’t you face us?
      5 – Rhymes with alive and, with its mix of boxy angles and smooth curves, is a popular choice among young and old alike.

      PS. Ryan sucks and I hate him.

  • James

    Why isn’t the Oakland general strike of last month on this list?

  • Lifeschool

    While not wishing to pick on Ryan Thomas like many other armchair bullies on this thread, I thought the list was ok. There are many other strikes, but the lister chose some of the more widely known and deeper impacting one which resulted in a productive settlement on both sides. Really, a list like this could have been called ‘most productive’ strikes, to open the door for all those strikes and protests which failed to achieve anything outside of all the staff being sacked. That would certainly balance a list such as this which implies that striking is helpful and always results in a win-win. So yes the lister is biased in the sense that in this list, they all came out with a ‘feel good’ factor. I appreciate a list with a feel good factor. Makes a change from all the doom and gloom lists about death and taxes (Christine Vrey excluded).

    Yet, with all this abuse I suspect that instead the lister will simply quit posting – to which the monkeys will point, giggle and applaud.

    • Truth-Monger

      Doubtful. Internet trolls by no means prevent how much he gets paid.

  • Nunya

    No air traffic controller strike? That was more impressionable to me, and I’m a 70’s flower child!

  • psychosurfer

    I’m positive, Ryan Thomas is a scab!

  • ADHD

    wow, Solidarnosc ???????????? aka Solidarity, Poland, the 80s, hallo, id say one of the main events that brought down communism would be number 1 no?

  • Noah

    The UPS strike in the UK is a good predecessor for whats gonna happen to the US postal service……… :/

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  • al bundy

    great list. one not that should be up there. the writers striike is one of the biggest reasons reality television took off in this country. no writers, no actors, no scripts. no problem. writers strike equals years of vomit from my tv set.

    • Not quite, Al. I have a number of family and friends who are/were television writers. While the strike did affect them, the effect on television was not very great or lasting. To get the real story behind the advent of “reality T.V.”, read this, from Writers Guild of America, West (or wgaw):

      An excerpt from the page:

      Reality-based television is not new, of course. Alan Funt, with his 1948 TV series Candid Camera is often credited as reality TV’s first practitioner. In fact, he started a year earlier with Candid Microphone on radio. Truth or Consequences started in 1950 and frequently used secret cameras. Both of these two pioneering series created artificial realties to see how ordinary people would respond; the reality series of today borrow a lot from these precedents and differ mostly in scope and locale. A number of “who am I?” game shows accommodated the clunky nature of early TV technology by bringing real people into the studio. What’s My Line premiered in 1950; I’ve Got a Secret in 1952; To Tell the Truth in 1956. These shows seem tame by today’s standards, but were certainly cutting a new edge in the 1950s. The judge who married Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller appeared live on What’s My Line within a week of performing the wedding. Even in the earliest days, the camera roamed out of the studio occasionally with film technology. You Asked For It took the viewer to amazing sights and spectacular phenomena as early as 1950.

      Perhaps ahead of its time was An American Family on PBS in 1973. It was unusual in its focus on a seemingly mundane family named the Louds, who harbored sensational secrets. This series pushed the documentary genre beyond its traditional bounds. The daily lives of the Loud family were on display. The televised decision of the parents to divorce and the on-screen coming out of their gay son shocked audiences in the 1970s.

  • Get to Work

    In my 25 years in the workforce I’ve held both union and non-union jobs. Two observations: Unions breed laziness. Union pay drives up the cost of goods and services for the rest of us (those of us that rely on actually working and getting paid based on merit).

    Get off your a** and get to work.

  • JS`

    Lawl, I live In WA. I remember that teachers Strike…
    None of us Students were complaining ^-^

  • Sarah

    Wow you sooo dont know what you r talking about! You have clearly never paid in and got yours together, i am sorry life worked like that but unions are not the problem it is your misinterpretation of historical events! Do you want to go back to working 7 days a week for 6O hours in some mine! ( with a child ) Every minute of spare time you have was fought for (dearly) by members of a union- if you have problems join yours and make a difference- dont be a cartman and take your ball and go hone