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Strikes, Lockouts and Other "Economic Weapons": Pennsylvania

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: James S. Urban, Jones Day

Summary

  • 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 Employees' Rights to Strike.
  • 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.
  • 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.