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 - 1902 coal
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3. Great Anthracite Coal Strike -- Seeking better wages and conditions, more than 147,000 coal miners went on strike from May to October 1902 in eastern Pennsylvania, an area that contained the majority of the nation’s supply of anthracite coal. With an energy crisis looming, workers got a 10 percent raise -- half of what they were bargaining for.

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