Funds held by international or local unions for allocation during a strike to cover costs of benefits, legal fees, publicity. and the like. Some international unions assess each member a smell amount each month to build the fund. Other unions use the international's general fund. The amount of the fund often determines the staying power of the workers and, consequently, the success or failure of the strike. Strike funds are often designated in union financial statements as "emergency", "Reserve" or "special" funds.