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Strikes, Lockouts and Other "Economic Weapons": Florida

Strikes, Lockouts and Other "Economic Weapons" requirements for other states

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 Employees' Rights to Strike.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Florida law imposes civil remedies as well as criminal penalties for engagement in illegal strikes and picketing. See Penalties / Remedies.