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When a union and a healthcare system cannot reach agreement during collective bargaining, then negotiations are at what's called, "impasse." If impasse is reached, the company can implement the terms of its final offer without the Union's approval.

At that point, the Union and its members have only three options:

  1. Give up,

  2. Give in, or

  3. Go on strike

Calculate how much money you could lose during a strike.

Work Stoppages

A strike or work stoppage is the only real leverage a union has during collective bargaining.  Unfortunately for its members, the CNA is not afraid to call its members out on strike.

Since 2009, the CNA has been involved in 51 strikes, affecting over 138,000 of the Union’s members.

The chart below explains the numbers:

CNA Work Stoppages

Year # of Strikes # of Workers Affected
2009 - -
2010 2 1,160
2011 12 44,459
2012 19 45,458
2013 4 5,645
2014 6 19,648
2015 3 3,020
2016 2 2,500
2017 - -
2018 3 16,640




Source: Bureau of National Affairs (BNA PLUS)

What's at Risk?

When union members go on strike, they learn firsthand what is at risk:

  • Paychecks from the healthcare system may stop.

  • Strikers may have to pay the entire premium for any medical, dental and vision insurance policies.

  • Economic strikers don't qualify for unemployment in certain states, including Arizona.

  • In an economic strike, strikers may be permanently replaced: The striker will go on a preferential recall list, but a replacement worker has no obligation to give up the job when the strike is over and the employer has no obligation to rehire the striking workers.

  • Possible loss of customers from a strike may impact team members' job security.

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