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, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed March 9 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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