10 biggest strikes in U.S. history

Published On: Sep 17 2012 10:21:36 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 22 2013 09:27:04 AM CDT

With transit workers in California's Bay Area returning to work, ending a strike that paralyzed the nation's fifth-largest train system, take a look back at the 10 biggest strikes in U.S. history.

Biggest Strikes - 1894 Pullman
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2. The Pullman Strike -- Facing 12-hour work days and wage cuts, factory workers at the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago walked out in protest in May 1894. Railway workers grew their ranks to 250,000 strikers, effectively shutting down train traffic west of Chicago. Widespread sympathy to their cause promoted pro-union sentiment across many areas of the country.

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