What Happens in a Strike?

Private sector workers, and many public employees, have the right to strike. Usually, strikes are called either to get a first 2014.11.24membertip-strikecontract for a newly organized workplace or to pressure the employer to agree to a more favorable settlement after a contract expires. Unions do not decide lightly to call a strike. This decision is reached after an analysis of the situation and a strike vote by the members indicate that this is the most likely way for the workers’ interests to prevail. Strikes are riskier than they used to be. Over the years, both private sector companies and public employers have become much more aggressive in their responses to strikes. Both have tried more and more to get rid of strikers and do what they can to continue to conduct business as usual.

Adapted from The Union Member's Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer