University of Maine Bureau of Labor Education
Refusing to cross a lawfully established picket line is protected by the National Labor Relations Act. You have the legal right not to cross a picket line in solidarity with your own union, out of sympathy for workers from another union, or just to avoid confrontation. By refusing to cross a picket line while on duty you are essentially engaging in a strike in sympathy with the picketing workers. Refusing to cross a picket line is a legally protected act. When you approach a picket line you may be asked to honor the picket line. Politely asking someone not to cross a picket line is also a legally protected activity.
Bureau of Labor Education. University of Maine, "Do I have to cross the picket line?" (2015). Bureau of Labor Education. 17.
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