Strikes, Lockouts and Other "Economic Weapons": Rhode Island
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Authors: Brian J. Lamoureux and William E. O'Gara, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West, LLC
- In Rhode Island, labor unions that consist of private sector employees may strike. See Private Employees' Right to Strike.
- Certain categories of public employees are not permitted to strike See Public Employees' Right to Strike.
- Employers may hire replacement workers for striking or locked out employees. See Replacement of Employees during a Strike or Lockout.
- Locked out employees are entitled to obtain unemployment benefits but striking employees are generally not entitled to unemployment benefits. See Private Employees' Right to Strike, Lockouts.