10 biggest strikes in U.S. history

Published On: Sep 17 2012 11:21:36 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 22 2013 10:27:04 AM EDT

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 - 1886 railroad
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1. Great Southwest Railroad Strike -- In March 1886, the Knights of Labor went on strike over unsafe work conditions and unfair hours and pay at the Union Pacific and Missouri Pacific railroads, affecting 200,000 workers in five states. Nonunion workers and violence and scare tactics forced an end to the strike in September that year.

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