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What are the rules if I am on strike?

Produced by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus
Reviewed January 2018

If the reason you need SNAP benefits is because you are on a work strike, you cannot get SNAP unless you were income-eligible for SNAP before you went on strike. In other words, your union job paid low enough that your family would qualify for SNAP.

So, if you would have been SNAP-eligible before the strike, DTA will count either the value of your current income or your income before you went on strike to calculate the SNAP benefits for your household, whichever income amount is higher. 106 C.M.R § 361.240(E)(2).  

You are not considered on strike if:

  • your former boss locked you out or permanently replaced you, or
  • you are not on strike but you cannot work because other workers are on strike or because you are afraid to cross a picket line, or
  • even though you were working, you were exempt from work registration rules on the day before the strike. See Are there work rules for SNAP?

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