Tutorial for “Announce an Imminent Strike (Labor's Announcement)”

Tips

This is serious letter that addresses grievances, demands, and conditions that are all part of the strike process. Write it in a direct, no nonsense tone that shows resolve, understanding, and willingness to work.

Steps

1. State when the strike will begin and why it is being called.

Sentences

  • Since agreement has not been reached with management regarding our contract for the next year, Local Union 13 will go on strike beginning 6:00 a.m., July 31.
  • Because management has not been willing to discuss the safety concerns we have brought to them, a strike action has been authorized to begin on June 1.
  • Since management is not willing to compromise, and at least consider the demands we put forth, we have no recourse other than to strike, effective midnight, Saturday, July 31.
  • Until the issues we presented to management can be satisfactorily resolved, we have no alternative but to strike, beginning midnight, July 31.
  • Members of Local 1234 are on strike as of this notice, pending successful negotiations on our new work contract.

Phrases

  • are on strike as of
  • as you are no doubt aware
  • because management has not
  • can be satisfactorily resolved
  • has not been willing to address
  • has been no agreement
  • have no recourse other than to strike
  • have no alternative but to
  • have not been productive
  • issues we have presented to
  • not willing to compromise
  • pending further negotiations on
  • regarding our contract for
  • since agreement has not been reached
  • strike action has been authorized
  • talks with management have
  • the strike will begin on
  • the concerns we have taken to
  • unwilling to make concessions
  • will go on strike starting
  • will not consider our demands
  • are hereby notified that

2. Explain under what conditions employees will return to work.

Sentences

  • We are willing to return to work as soon as we receive confirmation of medical insurance that extends beyond the workplace.
  • Arbitration will continue until we receive satisfaction on two demands:
    1. a 10% pay increase
    2. removal of toxic waste from the work site
  • We are ready to return to work as soon as we receive an increase of $.75 per hour for our members.
  • If management agrees to binding arbitration we should be able to resolve the issues of work hours, medical insurance, and educational opportunities for employees.
  • The demands that remain on the table include (1) a pay increase of $.75 per hour, and (2) an increased employer contribution to medical insurance.

Phrases

  • again provide the excellent level of service
  • agree to binding arbitration
  • arbitration will continue until
  • are willing to return to work as soon as
  • as soon as we can come to an agreement
  • cannot capitulate at this point
  • concede essential elements of
  • demands that remain on the table
  • give serious consideration to
  • in an effort to resolve our
  • our reasonable demands
  • pending negotiations on our
  • ready to return to work
  • receive satisfaction
  • receive the increase we
  • receive confirmation of
  • reopening of negotiations
  • resolve our major issues
  • safe work environment
  • should be able to resolve the issues
  • submit to binding arbitration
  • until we can reach agreement
  • when we have resolved these issues

3. Explain that striking is the last resort, and that you would prefer to return to work as soon as the issues have been resolved.

Sentences

  • We regret having to take this measure, and we hope to return to work soon.
  • Although we prefer to work, we deem this action necessary to ensure the future good health and livelihood of our members. We trust that management will recognize the need and respond quickly.
  • We had hoped to avoid this action, and we know this disagreement will cause hardship for everyone. We hope the issues will be settled soon, so we can all get back to work.
  • We are confident that we can settle these issues soon and put this unfortunate, but necessary, action behind us.
  • As difficult as a strike is on everyone, we know that in the long run the gains will be worth it. We are working hard to achieve our goals and return to work as soon as possible.

Phrases

  • arbitration will continue
  • are working hard to achieve our goals
  • as difficult as a strike is
  • can be satisfactorily resolved
  • can all get back to work
  • confident that this will have the desired effect
  • had hoped to avoid this action
  • have tried to avoid this measure
  • have done everything in our power to
  • hope the issues will be settled soon
  • hope to return to work soon
  • in the long run
  • prefer to work
  • put this action behind us
  • regret having to take this measure
  • return to work as soon as possible
  • strike is hard on everyone
  • the gains will be worth it
  • this action is necessary to
  • to ensure the future livelihood of our members
  • trust that management will respond
  • unfortunate but necessary
  • will make every effort to help

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