Strikes, Lockouts and Other "Economic Weapons": Pennsylvania
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: James S. Urban, Jones Day
- The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act (PLRA) preserves the right of workers in the private sector to strike and to engage in concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection. See Private Employees' Rights to Strike under the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act.
- Under the Labor Anti-Injunction Act, a court may not prohibit picketing or other conduct related to a labor dispute, except in limited circumstances involving activity such as mass picketing, workplace seizure and violence. See The Pennsylvania Labor Anti-Injunction Act.
- Pennsylvania's Public Employee Relations Act (PERA) prohibits strikes for certain public employers and permits strikes under limited conditions for others. See Public Employee's Rights to Strike under the Pennsylvania Public Employee Relations Act.
- Pennsylvania's Act 111 limits the ability of teachers to strike. See Public Employee's Rights to Strike under the Pennsylvania Public Employee Relations Act.
- Employers hiring replacement workers must notify applicants that the available work relates to an ongoing labor dispute. See Hiring of Replacement Workers.
- Striking employees are not eligible to collect unemployment benefits. See Unemployment Benefits for Striking or Locked Out Employees.