85% of us are lawyers. Anyone remember what a wildcat strike is?

WMUber

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A wildcat strike is generally a spontaneous strike that is not tied to contract negotiations.

Let's dial back to the 1970's General Motors. GM would negotiate an UAW contract for the entire assembly line. But in the 1970's GM could not keep up with demand, so they did their best to speed up the assembly line. Now the group that is spraying on the glue and setting the vinyl tops are upset about the new pace of the assembly line. So at 7:30 am after the shift starts, they walk out and demand better conditions. This stops the whole line even though the UAW itself is not on strike. Usually then the plant manager goes out, hears the grievances, and settles with the vinyl top guys (some combination of more pay and a slower line speed) and the plant goes back to work.
 

Tedgey

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A wildcat strike is generally a spontaneous strike that is not tied to contract negotiations.

Let's dial back to the 1970's General Motors. GM would negotiate an UAW contract for the entire assembly line. But in the 1970's GM could not keep up with demand, so they did their best to speed up the assembly line. Now the group that is spraying on the glue and setting the vinyl tops are upset about the new pace of the assembly line. So at 7:30 am after the shift starts, they walk out and demand better conditions. This stops the whole line even though the UAW itself is not on strike. Usually then the plant manager goes out, hears the grievances, and settles with the vinyl top guys (some combination of more pay and a slower line speed) and the plant goes back to work.
Yes. What distinguishes a wildcat strike is that EVEN THOUGH THERE IS A UNION, the strike occurs without official union sanction.
 

TwoFiddyMile

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Listen, I'm a huge basketball fan. I love when they balk, the arrimada shot, penalty kicks, the lead left hook, all of it. But no, it has nothing to do with any of that.
Like Full Contact Baseball, amirite?
Remember when Rodger Clemens was mauled by a tiger during game 14 of the 1916 world series?
 

mghtyred

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OK, so wildcat doesn't apply. How about a wolverine strike?

 

WMUber

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Yes. What distinguishes a wildcat strike is that EVEN THOUGH THERE IS A UNION, the strike occurs without official union sanction.
Well, if you insist on being technical...

Also known as an Unofficial Industrial Action.
 
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