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September 18, 2000

Rusty padlock and chain on gates of closed automobile plant

A two-year strike by and subsequent lockout of 2,900 workers represented by the United Steelworkers at five Kaiser Aluminum plants in three states ends following binding arbitration. At issue were wages and benefits, contracting out work, and job cuts, among others. It was the longest and largest lockout in the history of the union.

January 31, 1992

Photo of 1 year old's drive dug and dead deer in Monroe, GA.160 gravediggers represented by SEIU Local 106 – locked out after they went on strike against the Cemeteries Association of Greater Chicago over wages and benefits – reach a contract agreement after 43 days.

February 16, 1926

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In response to a lockout by employers during contract negotiations, the New York City Joint Board of the International Fur Workers Union, led by Ben Gold, calls for a city-wide strike by all 12,000 furriers in 2,000 shops.  The strike, which lasted into June, ended when a new contract was mediated that established the first guarantee in the country for a 40-hour/five-day work week and overtime pay.  The workers also won a wage increase, union inspection of shops, and employer contributions to an unemployment insurance fund.

February 15, 1951

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Dock workers (or “wharfies”) in New Zealand are locked out by their employers after weeks of negotiations for a wage increase.  Prime Minister Sidney Holland declared a state of emergency and the military was brought in to perform the wharfies’ work.  An estimated 22,000 workers (in a country of only 2 million people) were involved in the lockout and sympathy strikes that lasted until July 15.

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