Revised May 5, 2014


This section explains how going on strike impacts a client's eligibility for Basic Food benefits.

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

Clarifying Information - WAC 388-480-0001 

  1. Non-strikers impacted by a strike:

    Examples of people who are not strikers but could be impacted by a work stoppage or slowdown include:

    • Truck drivers with nothing to deliver because of the strike;
    • Assembly workers idled because the bargaining unit on strike is not producing component parts;
    • Sales staff idled when the strike leaves them with no product to sell; and
    • Ticket agents idled at an airline when flights are canceled due to a pilot's strike.
  2. Work registration:

    If a striker receives Basic Food benefits, they must register for work unless they are exempt from the Food Stamp Employment and Training Program under WAC 388-444-0010 for reasons other than employment.

  3. Striker status for cash and medical programs:

    A client's striker status does not impact their AU's eligibility for cash or medical programs.


An AU member being on strike does not impact the AU’s allowable deductions for Basic Food.  This includes the earned income deduction for the striker’s income we count under WAC 388-480-0001.


Worker Responsibilities - WAC 388-480-0001 

  1. Request the necessary verification to establish the client is, or is not, participating in a strike.
  2. If an AU member is on strike, determine the amount of income to budget for the striker using the following steps:
    1. Compare the striking member's pre-strike income to their current income; and
    2. Budget the higher of these two amounts as that member’s income.

WAC 388-444-0010 explains who is exempt from work registration.

WAC 388-444-0015 explains the BFET program.


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