Can my company make non-exempt workers do union work during a strike?

My company’s union labor deal is ending and there is most likely not going to be a new one before it expires, thus they will strike. My company is planning on sending our salaried staff to our manufacturing plant for mandatory 2 week rotations. We would not be allowed to come home on the weekend and would be working 10-12 hours Monday through Friday and 8 hours on Saturday. They will provide housing and food per diem. Is this legal? Can they force us to go?

Asked on April 4, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have protection under your own union agreement (or employment contract)you are an "at will" worker, which means that your company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). This includes having its employees perform work outside of their normal duties which are assigned to them. If you don't work the rotations assigned to you, you face disipline up to and including termination.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have protection under your own union agreement (or employment contract)you are an "at will" worker, which means that your company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). This includes having its employees perform work outside of their normal duties which are assigned to them. If you don't work the rotations assigned to you, you face disipline up to and including termination.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have protection under your own union agreement (or employment contract)you are an "at will" worker, which means that your company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). This includes having its employees perform work outside of their normal duties which are assigned to them. If you don't work the rotations assigned to you, you face disipline up to and including termination.


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