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What is a work stoppage?

A work stoppage is a temporary cessation of work as a form of protest and can be initiated by employees or company management. 

When a work stoppage is initiated by unionized employees it's considered a strike and when it's initiated by management at a unionized facility it's considered a lockout.

Featured Podcast: Preparing For Strikes 

Impacts of a work stoppage can affect:

  • Lost output of goods and services
  • Financial loss affecting profits
  • Customer retention/satisfaction
  • Shareholder confidence

However, because of MADI’s ability to seamlessly transition its temporary operational staff and security teams into your current operations, the disruptions to your operations will be minimized, and the effects of a labor strike will be limited. 

Strike Avoidance

Strike avoidance is the goal for companies with a union workforce. As such, an organization has two options when a work stoppage occurs—challenging the union or conceding to their demands. Of course, protecting its operations during labor disputes is a company’s primary concern, and an organization can not always meet its union’s request, so before your management team embarks on the critical negotiating task, they should first turn to MADI to assist them in preparing strike contingency plans. 

Labor Dispute Management

Given MADI’s long-standing reputation for being able to immediately respond to a company in crisis due to a work stoppages including strikes and lockouts, hundreds of organizations since the early 1990’s have benefited as a direct result of utilizing MADI’s business continuity planning services that have successfully enabled them to continue operations in a safe and secure environment. 

Your company can rely upon MADI’s  Strike Services

  • Professional and skilled labor are rapidly deployed to maintain your operations.
  • The company’s property and personnel will be secured, by experienced labor dispute security officers
  • MADI´s support provides additional leverage at the negotiating table.

Labor Dispute Management Service Options 

MADI's Labor Dispute Management Services address four (4) key areas:

  • Planning for business continuity,
  • Recruitment and deployment of strike replacement workers 
  • Implementation of 24/7 management & supervision, and
  • Security and protection for your people, property, products, and brand at all times.

Find out what level of preparedness that fits with your collective bargaining objectives and your tolerance for risk by using our interactive risk management chart here