The right to strike is one of the most important tools a public sector union and its members have to secure better working conditions. Honoring a picket line demonstrates labor solidarity, which improves wages and working conditions for all workers. Here's what CSUEU members should know about honoring another union's picket line. What is a sympathy strike? A sympathy strike is an organized effort by one union to support a strike organized by a different union, or one bargaining unit to support a strike by employees in a different bargaining unit. Can CSUEU call a sympathy strike? No, the CSUEU/CSU labor contract expressly prohibits sympathy strikes during the term of the agreement. Public sector unions have the right to engage in a sympathy strike, a right that can only be waived if a union’s labor contract contains a clause specifically preventing sympathy strikes. This right has been waived in the CSUEU/CSU labor contract. Is there an individual right of CSUEU-represented employees to honor a picket line? Yes. Public employees, including CSUEU members, have an individual right to honor another union’s or another bargaining unit’s strike and not cross a picket line. Employees will not be paid for the time they are honoring the picket line. Employers cannot retaliate against public employees for choosing to honor another union’s picket line or their own union’s picket line that involves employees of a different bargaining unit. Can an employee individually choose to honor another union’s or another bargaining unit’s picket line even if their labor contract contains a no-strike clause or a no-sympathy strike clause? Yes. Individual employees can still choose to honor another union’s or another bargaining unit’s picket line even if their union’s labor contract contains a no-strike or no-sympathy strike clause. Can I join a picket line if I have pre-approved vacation? Yes, you can use your pre-approved vacation days to support a picket line. Can I join a picket line while I'm taking a paid sick day? No, you cannot use your sick days to support a picket line.