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Official Strike

What is 'Official Strike'

A work stoppage by union members that is endorsed by the union and that follows the legal requirements for striking, such as being voted on by a majority of union members. Workers engaging in official strikes have better protections against being fired.


Also called "official industrial action."

Explaining 'Official Strike'

A famous official strike in the United States was the 1994 Major League Baseball strike, which canceled the end of the regular season and the entire postseason. Some of the replacement players who played during 1995 spring training, when the strike had not yet ended, remained in the major leagues, but are not allowed union membership to this day. One reason why this is important is because union players receive a certain percentage of Major League Baseball revenues, because MLB licenses players' names and images for items like jerseys and baseball cards. Non-union members do not receive this benefit.


Further Reading


Challenging the atomization of discontent: Patterns of migrant-worker protest in China during the series of strikes in 2010
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Thus, the official trade unions were effectively bypassed and sidelined … to say that there was no repression at all.63 The attack on the core of the strike activists at … The willingness of the Guangdong government to tolerate the strikes reflected to some extent the increased power of …

Missile strike carried out with Yemeni cooperation: official says operation authorized under bush findingMissile strike carried out with Yemeni cooperation: official says operation authorized under bush finding
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Thus, the official trade unions were effectively bypassed and sidelined … to say that there was no repression at all.63 The attack on the core of the strike activists at … The willingness of the Guangdong government to tolerate the strikes reflected to some extent the increased power of …

Reflections on moral hazard and private sector involvement in the resolution of emerging market financial crisesReflections on moral hazard and private sector involvement in the resolution of emerging market financial crises
books.google.com [PDF]
… Thus, the official trade unions were effectively bypassed and sidelined … to say that there was no repression at all.63 The attack on the core of the strike activists at … The willingness of the Guangdong government to tolerate the strikes reflected to some extent the increased power of …

Supranationalism strikes back: a neofunctionalist account of the European Defence FundSupranationalism strikes back: a neofunctionalist account of the European Defence Fund
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Thus, the official trade unions were effectively bypassed and sidelined … to say that there was no repression at all.63 The attack on the core of the strike activists at … The willingness of the Guangdong government to tolerate the strikes reflected to some extent the increased power of …

Background considerations to a regulation of the US financial system: third time a charm? Or strike three?Background considerations to a regulation of the US financial system: third time a charm? Or strike three?
papers.ssrn.com [PDF]
… Thus, the official trade unions were effectively bypassed and sidelined … to say that there was no repression at all.63 The attack on the core of the strike activists at … The willingness of the Guangdong government to tolerate the strikes reflected to some extent the increased power of …

Social norms strike back: why American financial practices failed in JapanSocial norms strike back: why American financial practices failed in Japan
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Thus, the official trade unions were effectively bypassed and sidelined … to say that there was no repression at all.63 The attack on the core of the strike activists at … The willingness of the Guangdong government to tolerate the strikes reflected to some extent the increased power of …

Labour Unrest in the Global Political Economy: The Case of China's 2010 Strike WaveLabour Unrest in the Global Political Economy: The Case of China's 2010 Strike Wave
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Thus, the official trade unions were effectively bypassed and sidelined … to say that there was no repression at all.63 The attack on the core of the strike activists at … The willingness of the Guangdong government to tolerate the strikes reflected to some extent the increased power of …

Strategic financial disclosure: Evidence from labor negotiationsStrategic financial disclosure: Evidence from labor negotiations
onlinelibrary.wiley.com [PDF]
… Thus, the official trade unions were effectively bypassed and sidelined … to say that there was no repression at all.63 The attack on the core of the strike activists at … The willingness of the Guangdong government to tolerate the strikes reflected to some extent the increased power of …

Two to tangle: Financial development, political instability and economic growth in ArgentinaTwo to tangle: Financial development, political instability and economic growth in Argentina
www.sciencedirect.com [PDF]
… Thus, the official trade unions were effectively bypassed and sidelined … to say that there was no repression at all.63 The attack on the core of the strike activists at … The willingness of the Guangdong government to tolerate the strikes reflected to some extent the increased power of …



Q&A About Official Strike


Why are some replacement players not allowed to join the union?

Some replacement players who played during 1995 spring training, when the strike had not yet ended, remained in the major leagues but were not allowed to join the union because they were considered non-union members.

What is an official strike?

An official strike is a work stoppage by union members that is endorsed by the union and follows legal requirements for striking, such as being voted on by a majority of union members.

Are there any protections for workers who go on an official strike?

Yes, workers engaging in official strikes have better protections against being fired.

How does this affect those who aren't part of the union?

Non-union members do not receive benefits from licensing player names and images like jerseys or baseball cards.