The decision to strike, or not, must be considered in light of the specific issues about where impasse has been reached at the bargaining table. The only way for a strike action to occur is for the legislated bargaining process to have been followed to its conclusion, a strike vote to take place and for a majority of voting Members to cast their ballots in favor of a strike.
If the Membership votes to support strike action, this provides the Executive Board with the legal mandate to call a strike if and when they deem this to be a necessary and strategic next step in the collective bargaining process, subject to the provision of 72 hours’ strike notice to the employer. Even after a successful strike vote is held, there is no guarantee that we would actually go on strike. A strike vote remains valid for 120 days following the date the vote was taken.
When a strike vote needs to be held, a successful result can help move negotiations forward to avoid a strike. Ultimately, a strike is the last resort in a series of coordinated job actions. Our preference is to reach an agreement without resorting to a strike. However, if the BoG leaves us no other option, a strike is the only way of defending the quality of education we deliver and defend the future of our institution.