Sit-Down Strike


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Sit-Down Strike

A strike in which union members or, rarely, other employees, come to work but sit at their workstations and do not perform their duties. The purpose behind a sit-down strike is to make it difficult or impossible for the employer to hire replacement workers to replace the strikers. This is supposed to make the strike more effective. See also: Lock-out.
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This began the great wave of 1937 sit-down strikes.
The reader, for example, is meant to credit the one newspaper account of the sit-down strike that the strikers deem accurate and which calls the issue of unemployment "a national responsibility demanding action by national authority and on a nation-wide scale.
They staged a sit-down strike in an attempt to stop the 2,000 Guineas.
At the same time, his conservative opponents, chiefly Michigan Republicans and the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), characterized him as a traitor and a Communist sympathizer for the way he handled the Flint sit-down strike in 1937.
Cholesterol-clobbering drugs called statins do their good work via the molecular equivalent of a sit-down strike, report researchers in the May 11 SCIENCE.
Staging a sit-down strike with the remarkably receptive local authorities, Dalits win rights to their well and their pride.
Disgruntled parents who staged a sit-down strike on the pitch at Chennai, India to protest against the omission of their son from the state Under-14 team.
For a second there, I thought she was going to say, "So I joined my local lesbian SWAT team and staged a sit-down strike in the editorial offices of our paper until they agreed to more balanced coverage of gay issues.
30 when 30 people from a group of 300 protesters sat down at the entrance of the Riverfront printing plant in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the historic General Motors sit-down strike at Flint, Mich.
Fischer recalled how a handful of socialists spurred the union movement in Kansas City by organizing a sit-down strike at Armour and Company which lasted four days.
He later portrayed problems of the working class: The International (1928) depicts a world revolution of the proletariat; Marching Song (1937) concerns a sit-down strike.
They show that when workers in Gdansk, Gdynia, and Szczecin took to the streets (where a repressive party-state ultimately has all of the advantages) in the early days of the December protests, the Polish Communist Party's decision to use force against workers (officially 45 people were killed, although unofficial estimates have placed the number of dead as high as 200-300) helped workers to rediscover the advantages of the sit-down strike.