Strikes, Lockouts and Other "Economic Weapons": Florida
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Kamilah L. Perry, Phelps Dunbar, LLP
- Private sector employees are guaranteed the right to strike, with certain restrictions. See Private Employees' Rights to Strike under the Florida Labor Relations Act
- All strikes must be authorized by the majority vote of union employees and must be conducted in a peaceful and non-violent manner. See Employees' Rights to Strike under the Florida Labor Relations Act.
- Even though federal law pre-empts state court enforcement of private labor matters, Florida state courts can prevent, stop or control strikes and picketing that involve threats or violence. See Employees' Rights to Strike under the Florida Labor Relations Act.
- Florida law imposes civil remedies as well as criminal penalties for engagement in illegal strikes and picketing. See Penalties / Remedies.
- Under Florida law, public employees are not permitted to strike. See Public Employees' Right to Strike.