As the IAM strike against Lockheed appears to come to a close (I still haven't seen the details, but from radio reports it sounds like the union more-or-less caved), I feel compelled to continue the coverage I began.
When I find details of the new deal, and when results of Thursday's vote are known, I'll post. However, I believe I owe a "Thank You" to the Texas Workforce Commission. The Unemployment Division Director responded, today, to my open letter.
The short version is: yes, it is completely legal for striking workers to apply for assistance. No, they almost certainly won't be approved. I say "almost certainly" because there is a specific exclusion for striking workers which, per the email, "continues until the worker no longer has any part in the dispute."
The full explanation was quite professional, and I respect the information given and the TWC for taking the time to respond to me (I'm so used to receiving pure form letters or no response at all, I was actually surprised to receive this communication).
So, thank you, to LaShae Lenzy of the TWC for taking the time to respond.