A labor strike is defined as a voluntary suspension of work, which is agreed upon and executed by workers in defense of their common demands. Throughout American history, there have been several labor strikes that have included both dangerous and dismal working conditions, hiring discrimination, low wages, long and strenuous hours, violating workers' rights to unionize, and stretching workforces too thin. This infographic from Parker Waichman takes a look at the largest worker strikes in the history of the United States, ranking them by the number of cumulative days off the job.
The United Mine Workers of America Strike of 1946 saw more total days off from work of any workers strike in American history. 400,000 workers were involved in this strike, and the cumulative days off the job totaled 70,400,000. This strike pertained to workers seeking a health plan for both current and retired employees. The strike led to raises in pay and improvements in mine safety.