Sitdown Strike Law and Legal Definition

A sitdown strike is a work action which is currently illegal in which strikers refuse to leave the employer’s premises. The Nationa Labor Relations Board and courts have ruled that a number of specific tactics are unlawful, even if the objective of the strike is legal. Among illegal or unprotected strike tactics are the sitdown strike, quickie or intermittent strikes, slowdowns, and other partial strike tactics.

One of the most famous sitdown strikes was against General Motors Corporation in Flint, Michigan in 1937.