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The Uber strike was a blast from the past — there were 400 strikes in 1969, and 20 last year

Two days before Uber’s UBER, +0.00% IPO, thousands of rideshare drivers across Americaembarked on a day of strikes and rallies to protest their slim pay as the company’s founders, executives and investors are poised to make loads of money going public.

Part of what made Wednesday’s events noteworthy is that they happened at all. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has long been counting work stoppages, which include strikes and lock outs. In 1969, there were 412 work stoppages involving at least 1,000 workers, the agency said. In 2018, there were just 20 — and that was a jump from 7 stoppages the year before.

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