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SEIU Strikes


When the union and a healthcare system are not able to reach agreement during collective bargaining, then negotiations are at a standstill.

Union members, at this point, have only three options:

  1. Give Up,

  2. Give In or

  3. Go on Strike.

Strikes are the only real power a union, like the SEIU, has, and it's not afraid to put members on the picket line.

Since 2010, the SEIU has been involved in 136 strikes, which put more than 83,000 of their members out of work.

Take a look at the chart below for a breakdown of the numbers.

SEIU Work Stoppages

Year Number Beginning
in Year
Number of
Workers Involved
2010 12 3,870
2011 8 4,762
2012 20 22,851
2013 15 12,489
2014 17 6,918
2015 7 5,169
2016 9 10,227
2017 17 7,843
2018 18 2,462
2019 13 6,615




Source: Bureau of National Affairs (BNA PLUS)

What's at Risk?

When union members are put on the picket line by the SEIU, they find out first hand just what they're risking during an economic strike.

  • 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.

  • 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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