This page will contain a list of questions that union leadership is frequently asked about why we may need a strike and what might happen during a strike. This is your first stop when searching out information. If you have a question you want to see answered (and subsequently added to the list), leave a comment or contact us and we’ll do our best to help you.
1. What would a strike accomplish?
2. Why haven’t negotiations succeeded without a strike?
3. Wouldn’t a strike hurt the local community?
4. With all this conflict, how can you expect to work in partnership with the university?
5. Isn’t a strike the last thing SIUC needs?
6. Aren’t there alternatives we can take before going on strike?
7. Is one of the alternative actions a “Work-to-Rule” or “slowdown” campaign?
8. Is a strike legal?
9. The administration says we are trying to force non-members to pay dues. Is that true?
10. Would I be going on strike for another local?
1. When would a strike happen?
2. Can a non-member vote?
3. How long might a strike last, and how would a strike end?
4. Can we be terminated, dismissed, non-renewed, or laid off if we strike?
5. Do I have to be a member to strike?
6. What does it mean to be “on strike”?
7. What do we do while we are on strike?
8. But what if I don’t want to do any of those activities?
9. Is attending a campus, non-work event such as a football game or a concert permissible?
10. How does picketing work?
11. What form of support can we expect from our parent organization, the IEA-NEA?
12. What if an administrator asks about my participation in strike or union activities?
13. What “dirty tricks” can I expect from the administration?
14. Can my insurance be affected by a strike?
15. If a strike happens, what about my access to university equipment?
16. What happens to my pay check and the issue of “dock” days including make-up days and insurance payments if we have a strike?
17. How does my immigration status affect my right to strike?
C. COBRA Specific Questions
1. What does COBRA cost?
2. Who implements and gives notice for COBRA?
3. Who reports the qualifying event (strike) and in what time frame?
4. How long do I have to select a COBRA plan in order to keep my current coverage in effect?
5. When must I pay the premium in order for the insurance coverage to stay in effect?
6. If I have a claim during the 105 day period will the claim be covered?
7. Is there any financial assistance to help me pay the COBRA premium costs?
8. Can I recover the cost of paying the COBRA premiums?
A draft of this document was reviewed by IEA-NEA legal counsel.