Go on Strike

You and a coworker acting together is concerted and protected activity under the law. You can strike on May 1 to improve your pay and working conditions. Print this letter and deliver to your manager at the end of your shift on Sunday April, 30th (if you work weekends) or on Friday, April 28th if your place of work is closed on the weekends.


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A strike is a work stoppage caused by employees’ refusal to work. The right to strike is protected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).* The best way to avoid retaliation is to get lots of people to participate in your workplace as well as all over your geographic area.

Be sure to officially notify your employer that you and your co-workers are on strike. Delivering an official strike notice to your employer gives you an extra level of legal protection for striking and ensures they know that you are not a no call no show. The notice must say you are on strike over wages and working conditions (as opposed to taking political action against Trump or for government policies like immigration enforcement.)

Deliver the notice in person to your workplace management on May 1st before anyone starts their shift. Record or take a picture as you deliver the notice. Keep a copy of the notice with everyone’s signature for your records. Workers’ organization is what builds power in the workplace. If you organize a successful strike, after May Day you can think about what your workplace organization could do fight for improved working conditions.

If you have a union there may be restrictions in place over your right to strike, but you may have the right honor a picket line, check your union contract for specifics. Even if there is a contract in place you can still organize as a group to pressure your company not to retaliate against people who participate.