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United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bulletin no. 1278.


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This bulletin presents a detailed statistical analysis of work stoppages in 1959, continuing an annual feature of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' program in the field of industrial relations. Preliminary monthly estimates of the level of strike (or lockout) activity for the United States as a whole are issued about 30 days after the end of the month of reference and are available upon request. Preliminary estimates for the entire year are available at the year's end; selected final tabulations are issued in April of the following year.

A chronology of the 1959 steel strike, which was ended after 116 days by a court injunction, and tables showing the industrial and geographical scope of this strike are presented in appendix B.

Appendix C contains a chronology of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast longshore stoppage in which the emergency provisions of the Taft-Hartley Act were also invoked by the President.

The methods used in preparing work stoppage statistics are described in appendix D.

The Bureau wished to acknowledge the cooperation of employers and employer associations, labor unions, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and various State agencies in furnishing information on work stoppages.

This report was prepared in the Bureau's Division of Wages and Industrial Relations by Joseph W. Bloch, assisted by Loretto R. Nolan. Julian Malnak prepared the chronologies which appear in appendices B and C.