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Picket Line Etiquette

Labor’s first commandment:

“THOU SHALL NOT CROSS THE LINE”

A good Union member is EXTREMELY CAREFUL when confronted with a picket line situation.

When a picket line is established on a job where you are working:

  1. You MAY LEAVE. You DO NOT TALK.

  2. You READ the PICKET SIGN as you leave.

  3. You DO NOT hang around near the job.

  4. You know that ONCE A PICKET LINE IS ESTABLISHED, your Business Agents and other Union Officials are legally gagged and handcuffed from giving advice pertaining to THAT JOB. They can only tell you if the Picket Line is AUTHORIZED.

  5. You do NOT ALLOW YOURSELF to be drawn into conversation with ANYONE at the job site.

A good union member knows their rights:

  • You have the right not to work behind ANY Picket Line.

  • You have the right to decide for yourself whether to walk off a job being picketed.

  • You understand that YOUR TRADE may be UNDER ATTACK next and you would want everyone’s support.

  • You know that a two gate system means a PICKET LINE and you have the RIGHT NOT TO WORK, no matter how many gates the employer sets up.


KNOW YOUR RIGHTS.

BE PREPARED AHEAD OF TIME HOW TO REACT TO PICKET LINES.