News Twelve Strikes and Counting
posted by November 14 at 13:32 PMon
“concentrated cessation of work by a body of employees,” 1810, from verb meaning “refuse to work to force an employer to meet demands” (1768), from strike (v.). Perhaps from notion of striking or “downing” one’s tools, or from sailors’ practice of striking (lowering) a ship’s sails as a symbol of refusal to go to sea.
The TV writers’ strike in LA: Finally we’ll get British-quality television.
British screenwriters could be the unexpected beneficiaries of the writers’ strike crippling Hollywood as American television and film producers try to beat the stoppage by hiring non-union staff overseas.
The news writers’ strike at CBS: The news will be reruns, too.
The transportation strike in Paris: Good for the city’s bicycle economy.
The Broadway stagehands’ strike in New York: Good for Off-Broadway and smaller theaters.
Also: Strikes in Germany (rail drivers want another €14 an hour), South Africa (construction workers want another $0.74 an hour), India (doctors), Australia (teachers), maybe more in India (lawyers), Ireland (bus drivers) Bulgaria (nurses), and so on.
Also-also: A hunger strike by students at Columbia University who want, among other things, to be able to major in ethnic studies.