strike


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strike

Etymology: AS, strican, to advance swiftly
an action taken collectively by the employees of a company or institution in which they stop reporting for work in an effort to cause the employer to accede to certain demands. A strike usually follows unsuccessful negotiations between representatives of the union and management.

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From his book, entitled "The Battles of Labor," is quoted the declaration that "in some of the great historic strikes the employers themselves have instigated acts of violence;" that manufacturers have deliberately provoked strikes in order to get rid of surplus stock; and that freight cars have been burned by employers' agents during railroad strikes in order to increase disorder.
There will be needed provisions, and the delivery drivers are on strike.
The working class, dressed in its Sunday best, was out taking the air and observing the effects of the strike.
There was no telling what delays might arise in the settlement of the strike.
They struck, but no one was permitted to strike back, for behind them were the prison cells and the clubs of the stupid policemen--paid and professional fighters and beaters-up of men.
If you strike me I'll have you arrested," Judge Witberg threatened.
Take my word for it, the strike will be over in a few days, and the men will be beaten; and meantime what you can get out of it will belong to you.
Jurgis would receive five dollars a day during the strike, and twenty-five a week after it was settled.
I tell you-all if that strike comes on Klondike, Harper and Ladue will be millionaires.
As he would stake his last ounce on a good poker hand, so he staked his life and effort on the hunch that the future held in store a big strike on the Upper River.
They strike each other with fists and clubs, and break each other's heads.
As the weeks passed, the strike in the railroad shops grew bitter and deadly.