posted on 06-06-2019

Official Strike

Updated October 1, 2019

What is an Official Strike?

Also called an official industrial action, an official strike is a work stoppage by a union.

How Does an Official Strike Work?

For example, let's say that the unionized workers of Company XYZ feel that they are underpaid. They have a meeting, and a majority of the union members vote to strike. The workers cease going to work, opting instead to picket outside the company until the management meets their demands.

Why Does an Official Strike Matter?

Official strikes are negotiating tactics with legal protections for striking workers. They are very controversial because in some cases, a strike can force the parties to negotiate more in earnest; in other cases (as with Twinkies maker Hostess Brands in 2012, for example), a strike can be the final blow and put a company (and all of its workers) out of business.