• In 2009, the number of major work stoppages in the United States dropped to five work stoppages, down from 15 stoppages in 2008 and the fewest number of work stoppages since 1947. The five work stoppages in 2009 idled a total of 13,000 employees, as opposed to the 72,000 employees idled in 2008. The total number of lost workdays dropped from two million in 2008 to 124,000 in 2009. Additionally, only two of the five work stoppages in 2009 occurred in the private sector. One was a work stoppage at Textron’s Bell Helicopter plant in Fort Worth, Texas and the other was a work stoppage of workers employed through the Interior Demolition Contractors Association in New York.
  • AFL-CIO and UAW members picketed at Toyota dealerships across the nation in protest of Toyota’s decision to close its only union-operated manufacturing plant in the United States. Toyota announced the plant’s closure last August, stating that because the plant was a joint venture with GM, Toyota could not operate the plant after GM decided to stop making its Pontiac line. The protests were designed to place additional pressure on Toyota at a time when “Toyota can ill afford another black mark against its name,” according to AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka.