why are number of people involved in major work stoppages on a sharp decline as of 2020?

Why are a number of people involved in major work stoppages on a sharp decline as of 2020, after analyzing the labor tension displayed in the documentary, Harlan County USA


Harlan County Summary: The documentary Harlan County features the HR red flag topic, labor tension, specifically in the coal-mining industry. The history of the subject began after coal miners at the Brookside Mine join a union, the owners refuse the labor contract. Once the miners begin to go on strike, the owners of the mine respond by hiring people to fill the jobs with the regular employees. The strike, which lasts more than a year, is horrific and filled with blood and tears. Reflection: What relationship do the events that unfolded share with the time period. Can it be assumed that the 70s era was a catalyst for these events? If so why or why not is the COVID-19 pandemic serving as a spark for people to speak up against unjust job treatment?

The 1970s: The mining crisis took place during the 1970’s which might play into how and why the strike was initiated. Harlan County coal owners and operators, in an effort to expand national dependency on their fuel, chose to sell below cost. COVID-19 Pandemic: Due to the recession as a direct result of COVID-19, the number of people that partake in the majority of work stoppages fell to 24,000. 24,000 is in fact the lowest count since 2009, the depths of the Great Recession. However, these 2020 data does not account for the numerous examples of workers who are vocal in their fight against unsafe working conditions and engaging in work stoppages.

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