Strike FAQ


Do I HAVE to go on strike?

No. If a fair contract cannot be reached at the bargaining table, membership will have an opportunity to vote for strike authorization.

Can I be fired for going on strike?

No — termination for a lawful strike would constitute an Unfair Labor Practice.

The exception being if you are still within your six-month probationary period.

Who is eligible for strike hardship funds?

To be eligible for strike hardship funds, members must be:

  • In good standing (current on dues and fees, if any) on the day before the strike starts
  • On active payroll at start of strike (members laid off or on workers comp are not eligible)
  • Member must participate in strike: picket assignments, strike committee, etc

What is mediation?

Mediation brings in a third-party mediator from the state Employment Relations Board (ERB) to facilitate bargaining.

What is Impasse?

After 15 days of mediation, either side and/or the mediator can decide that no further progress can be made through mediation. Declaring “impasse” calls a halt to bargaining and both sides have seven days to submit their “last best offer.” After this offer begins a 30-day “cooling-off” period. At the end of that period, The Universities can impose their new contract, and we can withhold our labor if we do not agree to that contract.

Can my manager tell me I can’t wear a union shirt to work?

No. Not unless a uniform is required in your job description, and the uniform is provided for you. This does not preclude you from wearing a button, lanyard, or sticker.

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