10 biggest strikes in U.S. history

Published On: Sep 17 2012 11:21:36 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 04 2014 11:39:46 AM EDT

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.

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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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