WAC 388-480-0001

Effective December 1, 2003

WAC 388-480-0001 Does being on strike impact my eligibility for the Washington Basic Food Program?

  1. A strike is a concerted work stoppage, slowdown or other interruption of work caused by employees.  This includes when a stoppage happens because a collective bargaining agreement has expired.

  2. We do not consider you to be on strike if you: 

    1. Are locked out by your employer;

    2. Do not have work available as a result of striking employees;

    3. Are not a member of the bargaining unit on strike and you fear someone may physically hurt you if you cross a picket line; or

    4. Would have been exempt from work registration under WAC 388-444-0015 the day before the strike for any reason other than being employed at least thirty hours per week.

  3. If a person in your Assistance Unit (AU) is a striker, your AU is not eligible for Basic Food unless:

    1. Your AU met all income requirements the day before the strike; and

    2. You meet all other requirements of the Basic Food program as described in WAC 388-400-0040.

  4. If someone in your AU is on strike, your AU cannot receive a higher amount of Basic Food benefits solely because the person receives less income as a direct result of being on a strike.  We count the larger of the two following amounts to determine if your AU is eligible and calculate your benefits:

    1. The striker's income before they went on strike; or

    2. The striker's current income.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.