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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sit Down Strike Over Closed Plant

Sitdown strikes were, and to some extent, still are an effective union organizing strategy. The only problem-and its a big problem-is that such activity is generally unprotected under the NLRA which means that the workers can be fired unless they have the power to resist it.
Talks Fail to End Sit-In At Closed Plant is an interesting December 8, 2008, New York Times article with a twist. Reportedly, workers have refused to leave after their plant closed. Thus, the workers are technically not striking. However, the dispute has attracted the attention of several political leaders and therefore the sit in appears to be making its point.

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