Leer en españ ol 简体中文阅读 When an employer bargains in bad faith, workers could start considering exercising their right to withhold labor. Here are some basic facts every worker should know. Q. What is an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike? A: A ULP strike is a strike over an employer’s illegal behavior, such as when they engage in unfair labor practices by not bargaining in good faith or interfering with employee union activity. In a ULP strike, our jobs are fully protected and we are entitled to return to work when the strike is over. During a strike, we withhold our labor from the CSU. Q. Is it legal to strike? A. Yes. Under state statute, public employees have a right to engage in a lawful strike. Strikes are a powerful tool of last resort to make changes in our workplace. Q. When would we go on strike? A. CSUEU would first hold a Strike Authorization Vote. If the majority of voting members approves (50% plus 1), the Bargaining Team would then prepare a plan to strike. Q. How long would a ULP strike last? If members authorize a strike, our Bargaining Team will set the date and duration of the work stoppage. Q. Why would we strike? We would strike to demand that the CSU stop committing unfair labor practices and bargain in good faith. Q. What would I do during a strike? All members should be on the picket line to stand strong together. This is especially important at shift changes, press conferences, and solidarity rallies. Q. What about healthcare and other benefits? Current state law prohibits the Employer from discontinuing employer contributions for health care or other medical coverage for employees who are on a legal strike. Q. Can I be disciplined for participating in a strike? No. A ULP strike is a protected concerted activity, and it is illegal for an employer to even threaten an employee with discipline. Please report any abuse by management IMMEDIATELY to a Bargaining Team member or Labor Relations Representative (LRR). Q. Do I need to tell my supervisor that I will not be reporting to work on the strike day? No, you do not need to tell your supervisor anything. Our Union may choose to provide the CSU with notice before a strike. Q. What do I say if my supervisor asks if I will be joining a strike? The supervisor has no right to ask if you will be going on strike. You do not need to tell your supervisor anything. Let your LRR know right away; even questioning an employee about their participation could be considered an Unfair Labor Practice. Q. Can workers on probation participate in the strike? Yes, all employees have the right to strike and are protected against retaliation for engaging in legal strike activities. Q. Can Temporary Employees participate in the strike? Yes, all employees have the right to strike and are protected against retaliation for engaging in legal strike activities. Q. What if the CSU determines I am an “essential” employee and cannot strike? The CSU would need to clearly demonstrate to a court that your work stoppage poses a substantial and imminent threat to public health or safety. If that were the case, there are many options, including having the CSU hire contractors so that your protected right to strike is not infringed. Q. Can non-members join our picket line? Yes, but they should join CSUEU NOW (www.csueu.org/join) because numbers matter and we demonstrate strength when the CSU sees we have high membership. Q. Will we be paid while on strike? No, we do not get paid while on strike, which is why it is always the weapon of last resort for workers. No one “wants” to go on strike; we want to work and recognize our work stoppage will have great impact on students who rely on our services. Q. What can I do to prepare for a strike? We can start setting aside a savings account now, to cover the unpaid days when we are on strike. Those with children should develop a plan with relatives and childcare providers to cover a strike scenario. For those with a second job, it is your decision whether you can stay on the picket line, but know that the more bodies we have on the strike line, the stronger we are. Q. Will there be food on the strike line? Yes, CSUEU will provide water and snacks. Union attorneys will also be a valuable resource and will be on stand-by as needed.