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Unemployment for Strikers Would Balance the Scales
Updated On: Apr 10, 2024
Apr. 10, 2024 | COMMENTARY | A bill that would allow workers on strike to access unemployment insurance is currently under consideration in the Minnesota Legislature.  Working people make our biggest gains on the job when we take collective action. When employers fail to pay family-sustaining wages and benefits or refuse to make the workplace safer, it nearly always takes some form of worker action to move management. The most effective action is withholding our labor and going on strike.…Our nation’s labor laws are heavily tilted towards management. Once a collective bargaining agreement has expired, employers have the legal right to lock workers out and replace them, stall negotiations, and cut off benefits — all without any personal sacrifice from managers or their families. When workers decide whether to legally strike, however, we must consider the impact going without pay or health insurance will have on our families. Minnesota Reformer
 
 
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