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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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." (11) However, while Waste Heritage empathizes with the strikers' claims for work and wages, it simultaneously assures its readers that the author herself is aligned with the values of the dominant class, and that the strikers cannot seriously challenge the prevailing social order.
Still, the IWW survived, led scattered strikes, conducted a vigorous propaganda campaign for industrial unionism, and invented or reinvented the sit-down strike (with workers occupying the plant rather than leaving it to the care of the owners) as well as many other tactics of community mobilization.
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." But no.
In protest, students staged a sit-down strike. Authorities responded by turning high-pressure fire hoses on them on that freezing-cold January day.
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. Lawson's plays emphasize ideology and innovation.