The Truth About Unions

How Much Would You Lose In A Strike?

Below is a personal strike calculator for you to use to determine how much you would lose were you to engage in a strike.

In order to use this calculator, insert your wage rate in the space provided below.

If you believe there will be an increase at the end of your strike (see notes below), insert the amount you believe will be provided.

Wage: $ per hour

Years/Weeks To Make Up Strike Losses Assuming the Following Improvement in Wages as a Result of a Strike, Provided No Permanent Strike Replacements Have Been Hired to Fill the Vacancies Created by Economic Strikers**
Working Days on Strike Earnings Lost No Improvement $ Improvement per hour
1 Day $104 Never 0 years, 26 weeks
1 Week $520 Never 2 years, 26 weeks
1 Month $2080 Never 10 years, 0 weeks
1 Year $27040 Never 130 years, 0 weeks

  • Assumptions (1) based on an eight-hour work day, five day work week (2080 hours per year)
  • The above calculations do not include any lost overtime earnings


  • An actual raise is NOT legally required to be given as a result of “good faith” negotiations or at the end of a strike.
  • In most states, economic strikers do NOT collect unemployment
  • Companies are NOT required to continue paying their portion of employee benefits when employees strike
  • Union strike pay is usually a fraction of what normal pay is for NON-strikers, if the union even pays strike pay at all
  • In most states, economic strikers are usually NOT be eligible for welfare or food stamps
  • Economic strikers can be permanently replaced and, if this occurs, unions are legally allowed to accept contract representing the permanent replacement workers
  • According to strike records, the average strike length of most major unions is more than 30 days

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