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There's Always Work at the Post OfficeAfrican American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice, and Equality$
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Philip F. Rubio

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833421

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895733_rubio

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Prelude to a Strike (1966–1970)

Prelude to a Strike (1966–1970)

(p.207) Chapter Nine Prelude to a Strike (1966–1970)
There's Always Work at the Post Office

Philip F. Rubio

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses growing postal worker militancy in the late 1960s, which was primarily a product of frustration and demoralization over economic and work issues. That militancy was fueled by the influx into the post office of young people, women, veterans, and especially blacks, who in turn ratcheted up the struggle for equality as a key part of the general campaign by postal unions for workplace reforms. Many jobs had opened up in the post office in 1965 that for the first time made black recruitment a priority, thanks in large part to the gains of the black freedom movement, and in particular the activism of the National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees (NAPFE), still popularly known as the National Alliance.

Keywords:   postal worker militancy, demoralization, struggle for equality, postal unions, workplace reforms, NAPFE

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