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Strike wave of 1945–46

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The strike wave of 1945–1946 (also called the great strike wave of 1946)[1] was a series of massive post-war labor strikes from 1945 to 1946 spanning numerous industries and public utilities. In the year after V-J Day, more than five million American workers were involved in strikes, which lasted on average four times longer than those during the war.[2] They were the largest strikes in American labor history.[3][4]


Throughout the Second World War, the National War Labor Board gave trade unions the responsibility for maintaining labor discipline in exchange for closed membership. This led to acquiescence on the part of labor leaders to businesses and various wildcat strikes on the part of the workers. Often the strikes were against work discipline, In a study done by Jerome F. Scott and George C. Homans of 118 strikes in Detroit from 1944–45, only four were for wages, the rest were for discipline, company policies or firings.

The strikes

After the war, wages fell across the board,[citation needed] leading to large strikes. Strikes in 1945 included:

In 1946, strikes increased:

  • 174,000 electric workers (January 1946)
  • 93,000 meatpackers (January 1946)
  • 750,000 steel workers (January 1946)
  • 340,000 coal miners (April 1946)
  • 250,000 railroad engineers and trainmen nationwide (May 1946)[5][6]
  • 120,000 miners, rail and steel workers in the Pittsburgh region. (December 1946)[7]

Others included strikes of railroad workers and "general strikes in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Stamford, Connecticut; Rochester, New York; and Oakland, California. In total, 4.3 million workers participated in the strikes. According to Jeremy Brecher, they were "the closest thing to a national general strike of industry in the twentieth century."


In 1947, Congress responded to the strike wave by passing, over President Truman's veto, the Taft-Hartley Act, restricting the powers and activities of labor unions. The act is still in force as of 2019.

See also

  • Winter of Discontent, similar period of widespread strikes in 1978–79 Great Britain that led to the election of a Conservative government that passed new restrictions on union activities


  1. ^ Richter, Irving; Montgomery, Montgomery (2003). Labor's Struggles, 1945-1950: A Participant's View. Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ Cochran, Bert (1979). Labor and Communism: The Conflict That Shaped American Unions. Princeton University Press.
  3. ^ Brecher, Jeremy (1997). Strike!. South End Press.
  4. ^ "From Class War to Cold War",John Newsinger
  5. ^ Universal Newsreels. "Rail Strike Paralyzes Entire U.S." Internet Archive. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  6. ^ Denson, John (May 25, 1946). "'Run Trains or Army Will - Today!' - Truman". Milwaukee Sentinel (Final). Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  7. ^;year=1946;start_line=45

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