Sample Letter #1
Since management has refused to negotiate in good faith regarding changes in retirement benefits, we have no other recourse than to begin our strike at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, March 15. We will remain on strike until an agreement is reached that will not penalize the families of those who die before retirement.
As difficult as a strike is on everyone, it is far more difficult for a family that is relying on a breadwinner’s retirement to have it taken away. Our case is strong, and we hope to return to work soon. It is important that we show a united front in this issue that will affect many of our families.
Sample Letter #2
After negotiations broke down last night, union members voted to go on strike at midnight tonight. Demands yet to be met include a benefits package featuring an increase in medical benefits, a pay increase to bring Doe mechanics in line with other mechanics in the industry, and two additional paid holidays per year. Management has offered only a $1.50 an hour increase across the board. The union is willing to continue negotiations. As soon as we reach a tentative agreement, union members will vote again. We hope these issues will be resolved quickly so that we can resume work.