No Contract, No Peace: A Legal Guide to Contract Campaigns, Strikes, and Lockouts


Don't let your boss be the only one that's informed on your rights as a union member to organize a strike, picket, or action. Robert Schwartz's latest book, a thoroughly revised and updated second edition of Strikes, Picketing and Inside Campaigns, walks union members and leaders through their rights to speak out. An easy-to-read resource and a powerful tool for any union mobilizing its ranks, this book will help you organize your next contract campaign, work grievance action, or picket.

From the Work Rights Press description: No Contract, No Peace vividly explains the crush of rules regulating economic warfare in the U.S. It is filled with examples, pointers, picketing instructions, sample letters, and answers to common questions.

This thoroughly revised and updated second edition of Robert M. Schwartz’s 2006 guide, Strikes, Picketing and Inside Campaigns, provides valuable guidance on working without a contract, mobilizing members, ambulatory picketing, residential picketing, targeting outside businesses, dealing with scabs, unemployment benefits, unfair-labor-practice strikes, offers to return, lockouts, and other related topics. This book is a must for every union officer, steward, and activist!

A preface by veteran unionist Steve Early lays out the difficult terrain of modern labor contract law and the history leading up to it, while also describing the creative tactics that unions have used to turn this situation to their members’ advantage.

Some of the many questions answered in No Contract, No Peace: A Legal Guide for Unions:

  • Why is working without a contract and conducting an inside campaign a promising alternative to a strike?
  • In comparison with a strike, what are the four advantages of a lockout?
  • How can failing to send a one-sentence notice to an obscure state agency make a strike illegal?
  • Is being arrested for civil disobedience grounds for termination?
  • When is it legal for strikers to picket on the employer's driveway?
  • When can a striking union ignore an employer's gate?
  • Can an employer remove strike signs planted on public property?
  • Can an employer offer a striker a bonus to return to work?
  • How can a union avoid a court injunction?
  • Are general strikes lawful?
  • Can the union send pickets to a foreign country?
  • When can strikers qualify for unemployment benefits?
  • Can an employer pay scabs higher wages than what was offered to the union?
  • What measures can the union take against buyers, suppliers, and other secondary employers?
  • How can the union prevent the employer from hiring permanent replacements during a one-day strike?
  • How can an employer withdraw union recognition in the first month of a strike?
  • How can sending notices to the employer protect strikers who assault strikebreakers?
  • Can a striker be fired for spitting on a strikebreaker?
  • Can employers use the state Unemployment Insurance office to recruit scabs?
  • When is employee videotaping illegal?
  • Are state laws against hiring permanent replacements enforceable?
  • Can an employer bar business agents from the workplace when a contract expires?
  • Is conducting a ULP strike a guarantee that strikers will not lose their jobs to strikebreakers?
  • Do strikers qualify for food stamps?
  • Can an employer hire permanent replacements during a lockout?
  • If a union's strike demands include permissive subjects, can the employer refuse reinstatement?
  • What is a Trojan-Horse offer and how can it prevent the employer from hiring permanent replacements?
  • Can an employer permanently outsource bargaining unit work during a strike?
  • Does a return-to-work offer qualify strikers for unemployment benefits?