Many workers have adopted a “no work, no pay” attitude toward companies who are going on strike. In fact, July is the month when workers declare they will start a strike and when companies initiate formal job actions. The fact that 2016 may bring a repeat of what happened in 2016 didn’t sit well with consultants.
A few days after the NFL season started in 2015, players sat out the games to protest the fact that they were playing under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement that had expired. These players were not contractually locked out, and the owners promised that if they sat out the season, they wouldn’t get paid. The best the players could hope for was to collect unemployment for unemployment.
But some feel the same is not likely to happen with CBA negotiations this time around. The NFL works with the same labor union at the NBA that deals with player grievances. While the NFL is not contractually locked out yet, the fact that the next CBA would expire in 2022 makes it likely that negotiations will start again soon. Like the NHL lockout in 2004, there are many fans who don’t think the NFL is wise to lock out the players again.
But many bosses have found that no work is no pay, and many employees don’t want to work on a missed paycheck. If lockouts do start this summer, expect money managers to predict a spike in the number of employers paying their employees per month because they are not getting paid.