I've never been in this position before, of having to choose whether to cross a picket line. We got a letter from the administration today saying this, among other things:
Note that faculty who choose not to cross picket lines, and therefore not to teach their classes, will be considered on unauthorized leave without pay. Supervisors and managers, including executive officers and faculty, are obligated to report accurately the time their employees are absent from work as a matter of state law and ethics statutes.Not sure what I'll do if a strike happens. I'm not tenured, or even tenure-track; my position is more tenuous that most faculty members'. Some faculty are considering offering their classes off campus, which I suppose at least honors the letter of the picket line, although I'm not sure if it honors the spirit. What a mess.
Do you cross picket lines? I'd be interested to hear why you do or don't.