Strikes and labor disputes(Updated May 29, 2013)
Striking workers are not eligible for unemployment benefits if they participate in a labor dispute when work is available. This policy was established by Washington state law (RCW 50.20.090) which details how strikes affect benefits.
You may be considered on strike if:
- Your union is on strike.
- You picket or strike, even if you're not a member of the union or bargaining unit.
- You picket or strike, as a contractor.
- You refuse work if work is available for any reason.
- You strike because you were told to by a union representative.
You may be eligible for benefits despite the strike if:
- You are locked out by your employer or laid off due to lack of work because of the strike.
- You're not a member of the union and you were laid off due to lack of work.
- If you quit your job during the strike.
- If you are fired during the strike.
- If you are replaced during the strike.
If you have more questions, please contact the claims center (toll-free) at 800-318-6022.