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Machinists Union Maintains Difficult Strike Benefits Eligibility Requirements

  • July 7, 2001

At its most recent convention, the International Association of Machinists (IAM) voted not to liberalize its eligibility requirements for employees receiving weekly strike benefits ($115). Thus, a striker still must be on strike for three weeks and have been an IAM member for three months to be eligible for strike benefits.

Employees at newly-organized shops typically do not become members until the first contract mandating membership as a condition of employment has been signed. That first contract might not be agreed upon for many months after the union's election victory, and after a lengthy strike. As a result, an employee in a newly-organized company might be on strike for several weeks or months before becoming eligible for strike benefits.

If your company is faced with an organizing campaign, it is important employees be informed about the realities of strikes. If your company is faced with an organizing attempt by the IAM, be sure to educate your employees about the three-month membership requirement, which could significantly delay their eligibility, as potential newly-organized workers, for strike benefits. Educating your employees about this possibility during an organizing campaign could be an effective tool in your effort to remain union-free.

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