10 biggest strikes in U.S. history

Published On: Sep 17 2012 10:21:36 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 04 2014 10:39:46 AM CDT

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.

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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