updated Sept. 3, 2003

Do you actually mean to tell me that I have to pay Unemployment on these guys when they go out on strike? This is outrageous!

Well, yes, it is, in fact. But remember: Unions swing a lot of votes and spend a lot of money. And now that unions have forced most of our manufacturing jobs overseas, the majority of union jobs are in government. Meaning that the person who makes the determination whether a striker should collect is apt to be union himself. So many states will pay for your workers to refuse to work, and then bill you for the charges.

... Here are the restrictions:

In AL a striker can't collect
  • while the strike is on
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • the state thinks he should.
In AK a striker can't collect
  • while work is stopped
  • and while he is out of work because of the strike
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he is not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
In AZ a striker can't collect
  • if the reason he's out of work is because of the strike
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike.
In AR a striker can't collect
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
In CA a striker can't collect
  • if he's out of work because of a dispute
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • the state thinks he should
In CO a striker can't collect
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In CT a striker can't collect
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
  • if he is out of work because of the dispute
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In DE a striker can't collect
  • while work is stopped
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In DC a striker can't collect
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
  • while the strike is on
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
In FL a striker can't collect
  • while the strike is on
but anyone out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In GA a striker can't collect
  • so long as work is stopped
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In HI a striker can't collect
  • so long as work is stopped
but anyone out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
In ID a striker can't collect
  • while he's out of work because of the strike
but anyone out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In IL a striker can't collect if
  • so long as work is stopped
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In IN a striker can't collect
  • while he's out of work because of the strike
but anyone out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In IA a striker can't collect if
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In KS a striker can't collect
  • while work is stopped
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In KY a striker can't collect
  • while the strike is on
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout",
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if the state thinks he should.
In LA a striker can't collect
  • while the strike is on
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout",
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
In ME a striker can't collect
  • so long as work is stopped
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In MD a striker can't collect
  • so long as work is stopped
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout",
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In MA a striker can't collect
  • so long as work is stopped
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout",
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In MI a striker can't collect
  • until the plant starts up again
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In MN a striker can't collect
  • while the strike is on
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout",
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
In MS a striker can't collect
  • so long as work is stopped
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
In MO a striker can't collect
  • so long as work is stopped
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In MT a striker can't collect
  • while he's out of work because of the strike
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In NE a striker can't collect
  • so long as work is stopped
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In NV a striker can't collect
  • while the strike is on
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In NH a striker can't collect
  • while work is stopped
  • and up to two weeks after the strike ends
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In NJ a striker can't collect while work is stopped but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if he's not carrying a placard nor is his own contract at issue, nor does he pay to finance the strike.
In NM a striker can't collect while he's out of work because of the strike but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if he's not carrying a placard nor is his own contract at issue
In NY a striker can't collect
  • until 7 weeks have passed
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • the state thinks he should
In NC a striker can't collect
  • until the plant is up and running again
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • the state thinks he should.
In ND a striker can't collect
  • while he's out of work because of the strike
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
In OH a striker can't collect
    while he is out of work because of the dispute
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In OK a striker can't collect
  • while he is out of work because of the dispute
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
In OR a striker can't collect
  • while the strike is on
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In PA a striker can't collect
  • so long as work is stopped
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
In RI a striker can't collect
  • while he's out of work because of the dispute
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In SC a striker can't collect
  • while the strike is on
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In SD a striker can't collect
  • while he is out of work because of the dispute
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In TN a striker can't collect
  • so long as the strike is on
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
In TX a striker can't collect
  • so long as work is stopped
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In UT a striker can't collect
  • so long as work is stopped
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
In VT a striker can't collect
  • so long as work is stopped
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In VA a striker can't collect
  • if he is out of work because of the dispute
  • from when the place shuts down until it starts up again
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In WA a striker can't collect
  • if he is out of work because of the dispute
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout",
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In WV a striker can't collect
  • so long as work is stopped
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike
In WI a striker can't collect
  • while the strike is on
  • unless the state calls it a "lockout"
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if the state thinks he should.
In WY a striker can't collect
  • if he is out of work because of the dispute
  • while work is stopped
but anyone else who may be out of work because the place is shut down can collect if
  • he's not carrying a placard
  • nor is his own contract at issue
  • nor does he pay to finance the strike