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Category Strike action?[edit]

It may be a good idea to create a Category:Strike actions (Category:Strikes is taken for phycical combat moves), to list famous strikes (like Homestead Strike). Comments?--Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 16:30, 17 April 2006 (UTC)

I think you are probably looking for Category:Labor_disputes. --NHSavage 17:08, 17 April 2006 (UTC)
It looks like the correct category for labor disputes, but strike actions could be it's specific subcategory.--Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 00:05, 18 April 2006 (UTC)


I know that in Iowa public school employees are not permitted to strike. I was wondering how many states aside from Iowa do not allow teachers to strike?
JesseG 01:15, 19 May 2006 (UTC)

Edit of the introduction for clarity and neutrality 6th september 2006[edit]

The following sentence was confusing in the context of an introductory paragraph on strike action and misleading in that it suggests that violence is a fundamental part of strike action

"If an agreement could not be reached, workers could strike, or refuse to work and use violence against those who do, until certain demands were met."

I've also altered the wording of some other parts of the introductory paragraph to enable it to better conform to wikipedia's policy on neutrality.


Missing: Pros and cons, eligibility, consequences and outcome of strikes[edit]

Some discussion regarding pros and cons, when strikes are right and useful and how it can help or harm would be good. Petr Matas 21:16, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Work/Hunger/Sex/Culture strike[edit]

The word strike has multiple meanings: in general it concerns deliberately refraining from a particular human need to achieve a certain goal (scratch definition). I propose to write a more general article on strike. Any ideas?Brz7 02:13, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

Add a disambiguation link to the top and create more specific pages. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 18:41, 12 March 2007 (UTC).
Hi, these already exist, see Strike (disambiguation). Probably the first article visitors expect to find under strike is a Work strike or strike action (also an action, which is a disambiguation page), which is currently the main article. Under the article name strike action references to other types of strikes - which are not work related were added (at the bottom) under the subsection "Categories of strikes". Is this because there strikes are "actions" as well? Does anyone know why it's called "strike action"? (what's the origin of the expression?). Best regards, Brz7 01:27, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

Firefighter Strikes[edit]

From personal experience, firefighters in Montreal, Quebec, in 2003, had their fire engines painted green to indicate a strike status. Perhaps ways that people who are prohibited from striking can nonetheless "go on strike" should be discussed.

When firefighters go on strike in the UK, the army takes over their role and uses green military fire engines known as Green Goddesses. Is this the same thing?--Moonlight Mile 08:52, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

strikeout wiki code[edit]

I think a disambig link to the <s>(strikeout)</s> wiki markup might be in order. If there's a link for the wikicode function somewhere (a template for example), I haven't been able to find it. Typing "strike" in the search box leads here. --Sasoriza 02:32, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Okay, taken care of. Thanks, Nethac DIU! --Sasoriza 02:35, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

No-strike clause[edit]

I have added text relating to the no-strike clause found in many labor contracts. The Wikipedia page Harlan County, USA doesn't address this (yet,) but that is what the documentary (which i just finished viewing) states, and i have confirmed what i viewed with a sanity check from this web page: [[1]]

"The strike drags on, month after month, with no end in sight. The main stumbling block to a settlement is the no-strike clause demanded by management."

Now, one of my questions becomes: Why is the previously existing link to the "Harlan County, USA" documentary on the Strike Action page listed under fiction? user:Richard Myers

Info modified with strike-thru to reflect changes Richard Myers 01:52, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Unrelated info removed[edit]

Removed the following—there is a disambiguation page for this type of information. Richard Myers 16:09, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

  • "Striking picket" can mean a vertical component of an elevator cage's door, which hits a contact and thus tells the elevator mechanism whether it is safe to let the cage move.
A strike is also a term in baseball. When the baseball passes over the plate at the appropriate height depending upon the batter's stance, the umpire calls a strike. A strike is also charged against the batter when he hits the baseball into foul territory. The batter is deamed out when he has 3 strikes however the third strike cannot be called on a foul ball.

fiction about strikes[edit]

I think the section on fiction should include Norma Rae —Preceding unsigned comment added by Captainspirou (talkcontribs) 00:54, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

There is a scene in the movie American President where the US President has to cancel a date because of the airline baggage handlers at a major going on strike/

History suggestions[edit]

A broad overview of the history of strikes would be educational; I was inspired by listening to Strikes Were Once a Powerful Tool for Labor. It was also interesting to learn that U.S. Workers Strike Less Often Than in Past. I'm sure there are many more details and a global history to be found in more conventional sources. -- Beland 15:12, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

In the UK[edit]

The section on the UK really isn't helpful. It mentions lots of different laws without explaining what they're for and without respect for their chronology. Is anyone in a position to improve this? --Lo2u (TC) 21:31, 22 November 2007 (UTC)

History needs expansion?[edit]

It is claimed that the history section needs expansion.

Given that the only way of categorizing the history of strikes that I can think of is a list of all strikes, and the link provided leads to an [b]absolutely enormous[/b] list of strikes, what more needs to be written?

Should a little introductory sentence be placed there instead of just "LIST OF STRIKES?" At any rate, I have done so, but I recommend that either whoever suggested that the section needs expansion give some proper criteria, or just remove the thing altogether. Michael.A.Anthony (talk) 06:17, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

What's this crap?[edit]

Quote: "Since the Seattle General Strike, the de-facto policy of the United States is that anyone involved in massive strike action is arrested and tried for crimes against the state."

This is simply not true. In the United States strikes are legal and regulated, as are labor unions. And there is no such thing as a "crime against the state." That's Soviet-era terminology.

Somebody needs to change this. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:15, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

Potential bias re military action[edit]

Does this wording seem a little slanted to anyone else? Also, Haymarket Massacre was police, not military, correct?

Generally, though, Carnegie and J.P. Morgan, as well as other Capitalists, have used the US Military to gun down and kill strikers, such as in the Seattle General Strike, the Haymarket Massacre, the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934, during the Oaxacan unrest of 2006, the Toledo Autolite Strike, the 1934 West Coast waterfront strike, among dozens and dozens of other strikes.

I completely agree. Could someone edit this?

Irishevan (talk) 00:05, 31 January 2010 (UTC)irishevan

I also agree. A quick check of the Wikipedia entries for Seattle General Strike, Haymarket Affair, Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934, and Auto-Lite Strike simply do not support the contention provided in the quotation: either troops were never deployed, or were deployed by elected officials with no specific link to specific "Capitalists" (although some, such as Seattle Mayor Ole Hansen, may have acted based on their own strong anti-organized-labor beliefs). Because of these factual issues, and the non-NPOV, I'm deleting the item.

Wilsonchas (talk) 23:51, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

Other kinds of strikes?[edit]

Another kind of semi-strike would be what was used in Finland somewhere between 2005-2008 (i don't remember the year exactly) among the nurses, they didn't strike, but threatened with mass quitting their jobs, it went so far that the government made a temporary law to force nurses into work for a certain amount of time after they quit

Here ya go - it wasn't a strike, it was a negotiation between a public-sector trade union and a government. TEHY-Nurses, a Public-sector trade union. Its a good example of how public-sector unions are incompatible with government and public service, taxation without representation, etc etc. This is why collective bargaining and striking of Federal Workers is prohibited in the United States. Patriot1010 (talk) 21:51, 15 March 2013 (UTC)


I cur this from the (fiction) films section:

  • Atlas Shrugged, written by author and philosopher Ayn Rand, published October 10, 1957; was originally titled The Strike but the title was changed at the last minute for dramatic purposes. The "strike" in this case is by the industrialists.

because it is a book. There was no Books section to move it to, and I didn't think it really made sense to change the Films header to something else, since every other item is a film. Also, I'm not really sure it belongs in this article at all, since it's not just a fictional "strike", it's a fictional kind of strike. Huw Powell (talk) 22:14, 30 October 2010 (UTC)


Neither of the biblical 'strikes' seem like strikes to me. The tower of babel one was about people stopping work because they were unable to continue, as they now had different languages. The moses one looks like it's been cited in labour relations histories, so it should probably stay, but the emphasis seems wrong, the lack of straw was a kind of punishment by the pharaoh for unrest rather than an action by the workers, it was the basic attempt to leave that was like a strike. And that's leaving aside the issue of whether they actually were written before the strikes under Ramesses 3 occured (1170 or whatever) (talk) 04:48, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Concur about the one with Babel, and removed it not to long ago. (talk) 11:00, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
Agree about the Pharaoh example as well. Nothing in this section (or in the Bible) describes an action by workers; rather, the Pharaoh is punishing workers by increasing their labors. From the paragraph, it looks like the citation is only to establish the date of the event, not to support its characterization as a strike. I'll remove this, too. OTOH, we can add in a brief description of the Roman secessio plebis (which we can swipe from the General strike page)--we have a source for that describing it clearly as a kind of proto labor-strike. -- Narsil (talk) 04:01, 23 October 2014 (UTC)