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What if you are on strike?


DTA made a number of changes and suspended a number of rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guide notes in red when a rule was suspended during the pandemic.

Produced by Deborah Harris and Betsy Gwin, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2022

DTA rules deny TAFDC benefits to the entire family if the parent is on strike. If the striker is not a parent, then the other members of the family are eligible. 106 C.M.R. § 703.151. See DTA Field Operations Memo 2003-20 (Aug. 18, 2003).

Advocacy Reminders

  • Strikers are not barred from MassHealth or EAEDC.
  • Many strikers are eligible for SNAP (food stamps). See https://www.masslegalservices.org/FoodStampSNAPAdvocacyGuide.
  • Denying TAFDC to families where the parent is on strike may be illegal. The DTA rules denying benefits to strikers are not based on a statute. If the TAFDC striker rule is a problem for you, email [email protected] for more information.

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