The company is frightening some of my coworkers with fears of strikes. What can I tell them to make them less nervous?

Be sure to tell them that 98% of all contract negotiations are settled without a strike. Also, workers must vote to strike before it will happen. If they don’t want to go on strike, they can vote against it. And the union leadership will recommend a strike only if they think the strike can be won.

 

Strikes are very costly for companies and, just like workers, they will do anything to avoid them. So it’s in everyone’s best insterest to reach a fair agreement and settle the contract without a strike and that’s why they often are.