It seems to be a trend not only in the U.S., but around the world, for there to be a flurry of protests and walk-outs. Strike activity in the U.S., for example, is at the highest level in several years, after many years of extremely low levels of such activities. But now we seem to have a similar trend in often spontaneous walk-outs in even non-union plants in the U.S.
First, a brief review of the legal rules. A concerted walk-out, even in a non-union facility, is a protected, concerted activity. Therefore, employees may not be terminated or even disciplined for engaging in such activities. There are three exceptions, however, in special circumstances.