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Secret Ballot Strike Vote

What it does: The Employee Rights Act requires a majority of union members to approve a strike in a secret ballot election before union leaders can order a strike.

Support: 74% of respondents were strongly/somewhat supportive.

Why: The rules on whether or not unions have to consult their membership before calling a strike vary by each organization’s constitution. There is no federal standard that requires majority support from union membership before a strike can be declared.

Background: Strikes can pose significant hardships for employees as union strike funds usually compensate members for far less than 50 percent of the wages lost during a strike (10-20 percent is most common). In order to collect that fraction of their pay, they are often required to participate in a picket line. The potential loss of pay and hardship suffered warrants input from a majority of affected employees before any strikes are called.

 

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