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The Forgotten Man on the Welfare Roll: A Study of Public Subsidies for Strikers

David R. Brink and James T. Carney

Among the most important weapons given by the law to employees is the provision of subsidies from the public coffer for the duration of labor disputes which result in cessation of employment. By increasing the economic power of employees during strikes, the government exerts a significant influence on modem labor-management relations; yet the practical and legal consequences of subsidies to strikers have been little studied or discussed. The three major sources of public aid to strikers are welfare benefits, unemployment compensation, and food stamps.