A striker is defined as anyone involved in a strike or concerted stoppage of work by employees (including a stoppage due to expiration of a collective bargaining agreement) and any combined slowdown or other concentrated interruption of operations by employees.
Examples of non-strikers eligible to participate in the Food Stamp Program include, but are not limited to, employees:
NOTE: These provisions do not apply to EUs containing a person fired or permanently replaced while on strike.
EUs with striking members are ineligible to participate in the Food Stamp Program unless the EU was eligible the day prior to the strike and is otherwise eligible at the time of application. Pre-strike eligibility is determined by considering the income and resources belonging to the EU the day prior to the strike as if the strike had not occurred.
At the time of application striker EUs must meet eligibility requirements with necessary verification for the following:
The striker is subject to the work registration requirement.
The income a striker receives from the union or other strike-related source is budgeted as unearned income. The 20 percent earned income deduction is not allowed even though the striker may be working on a picket line or conducting other union business during the strike.
Company pension plans are not considered a resource, even if the company indicates it will make it available. Information regarding pension plans is gathered on the Liquid Resource (FMW0) screen. Enter the value of the pension plan on the Liquid Resource screen and Y (yes) in the Access field. FAMIS shows any declared balance as excluded.
Strikers who are ineligible due to excess income and/or resources on the day prior to the strike remain ineligible for the duration of the strike.
When the answer to the question “Are any of the following people currently on strike?” is yes, FAMIS flows to the Striker Information (FMXF) screen in the conntrolled flow. If there is more than one striker in the EU, complete the Striker Information (FMXF) screen for each striker in the EU. Tab to the DCN field and prompt for the DCN of the EU member/s who is on strike and complete the screen.
The strike location, begin date, pre-strike income, pre-strike resources, and pre-strike eligibility determination are gathered on the Striker Information (FMXF) screen in FAMIS. Refer to the Entering Striker Information procedure guide.
The EU's verified earned income, unearned income, and resources on the day prior to the strike are used to determine striker eligibility. To determine the EU's pre-strike eligibility, go to the Worker Initiated Budget Calculation Area (FMXN) screen (see WIBCA user guide) and complete a striker budget including the entire EU's:
Review the WIBCA Budget (FMXP) screen. The WIBCA Budget (FMXP) screen shows PASS if the EU is eligible based on pre-strike income and FAIL if ineligible.
NOTE: The budget information is not returned to the Striker Information (FMXF) screen. Write down the gross monthly earned income and gross monthly unearned income and enter the income amounts in the appropriate fields on the Striker Information screen.
EXAMPLE: Mary Jones applied for Food Stamps for herself, her husband John, and their two children (age 12 and 13 years) on December 11. Mary was laid off her job and John’s hours were reduced to 20 hours per week.
The employees at John’s place of employment went on strike December 9. The EU’s situation as it was on December 8 is evaluated to determine eligibility. Verification John was earning $150 per week on December 8 is provided. Mary was receiving $175 per week unemployment compensation.
A striker budget is completed on the Worker Initiated Budget Calculation Area (FMXN) screen for four persons by entering $649.95 ($150 x 4.333) monthly earned income for John and $758.27 ($175 x 4.333) unearned income for Mary.
The Jones rent is $350 per month and they also pay a monthly heating/cooling expense. $721 ($350 rent and $380 SUA) is entered in the Shelter expense field. The Joneses have no other expenses. The WIBCA Budget (FMXP) screen shows the Joneses PASS the pre-strike income eligibility test.
Mary meets the income eligibility test on the day prior to the strike. However, the EU had resources of $2,250 on December 8. The EU is ineligible to participate for the duration of the strike, even if their resources drop below the resource limit at some time during the strike. $2,250 is entered in the EU Net Pre-Strike Resources field on the Striker Information (FMXF) screen and IR (INELIGIBLE ON RESOURCES) in the Pre-Strike Eligibility Determination field. FAMIS fails the EU on striker resources.
Eligibility is determined by comparing the striking EU member's income before the strike to the striker's current income. If the striker is, or will be, receiving striker benefits, complete a second WIBCA including the:
Compare the two budgets. The higher income source is used to determine ongoing Food Stamp eligibility and benefit amount.
When the striker's earnings on the day prior to the strike are greater than striker benefits:
When the striker's striker benefits are greater than the striker's earnings on the day before the strike began:
When the EU fails the pre-strike income eligibility determination, enter Pre-Strike Elig Determination code II (ineligible on income) on the Striker Information (FMXF) screen. FAMIS fails the EU for STRIKER. The EU remains ineligible for the duration of the strike.
Determine whether to act on changes based on the following:
EXAMPLE: Mr. Smith is on strike. Mrs. Smith is not on strike. On 08/15, Mr. Smith reported that Mrs. Smith was fired from her employment on 08/09. It is verified Mrs. Smith will only receive one check in August for $125. The income information for Mrs. Smith is entered on the Income Amount (FMX3) screen for August showing the $125 income. Mrs. Smith's income is end dated for September. Comments are recorded on the appropriate FAMIS screens (refer to the FAMIS Comments Quick Reference Chart). Mr. Smith's income remains at the pre-strike level of $900 per month. An eligibility determination (EDRES/FM3Y) is completed and the action authorized to increase benefits.