Strikes can vary in duration from hours or days to even months. It usually ends when the parties reach an agreement. For this reason, it is impossible to predict the length of a strike. And while it's important to keep in mind that neither party wants a strike, it is best to be financially prepared to “go the distance” – even if that means a strike lasting more than a few weeks.
The more prepared the pilot group is the greater the likelihood that a strike will be successful, if one becomes necessary. Although many financial advisors recommend an emergency or rainy day account of at least 3-6 months of expenses, during labor negotiations, it’s not uncommon to find pilots with emergency/strike funds more than twice that level.