As soon as it is clear that a strike may be pending, the UE National Office should be notified. This will send a yellow light to the National Office, telling it to get ready to assist you. Likewise, the National Office should be notified when and if the strike is called — giving it the green light to begin helping with legal, financial, and manpower support.
A National Strike Defense Fund was set up by an amendment to the UE Constitution in 1970. Under it, the National Office makes weekly lump sum payments to Locals beginning in the third week of the strike; based on the number of UE members on strike. The amount is set by the Union's General Executive Board and is periodically adjusted.
But the National Office has to be notified first. And during the strike, a strike expense report has to be submitted by the Local each week so that it can continue receiving money from the National Office.