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Why Wal-Mart Won't Fire Striking Workers -- and What That Means for You

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Plus: A few essential things every non-union striker should know before walking out on the job.

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Partial strike: You can't strike by saying you will do certain duties but not others. If you work, you have to perform all your job duties.

Intermittent strike: While a walkout for an hour, a partial day, or even a day may be protected, you can't decide to strike for, say, an hour a day or one day a week.

Government workers: Some federal and state laws prohibit government workers from striking. Railway workers, health care workers, and some first responders and teachers aren't allowed to or have limits on their ability to strike. A strike can also be stopped if it will create a national emergency.

In general, there's no free speech protection at work, so be careful if you're protesting working conditions. If you think your employer has broken the law by retaliating against you for discussing or protesting working conditions, you can file a Charge Against Employer with the NLRB, or check with an employment lawyer in your state .

If you need legal advice, it's best to talk to an employment lawyer in your state, but if you have general legal issues you want me to discuss publicly here, whether about discrimination, working conditions, employment contracts, medical leave, or other employment law issues, you can ask me on AOL Jobs.

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