In labor disputes, a walkout is a labor strike, the act of employees collectively leaving the workplace as an act of protest.

A walkout can also mean the act of leaving a place of work, school, a meeting, a company, or an organization, especially if meant as an expression of protest or disapproval.

A walkout can be seen as different from a strike in that a walkout can occur spontaneously, and need not necessarily involve all the workers present, whereas a strike is often voted on beforehand by the workers, giving notification both to all of the workers and to the company affected.

Famous Walkouts


  • 31 October 2007 - Hundreds of students walked out of Clarkstown High School North in New City in order to protest the decrepit conditions of the building, which ranged from electrical problems to a rat and maggot infestation. Another problems was the school's long lasting cockroach infestation.
  • On March 5, 2008, students from Alameda and Encinal High Schools walked out to protest a vote that would end several sports and Advanced Placement classes in the both schools. The vote was a result of the state government refusing to cut the prison budget and instead cutting the budget for education.

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