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Undelivered: From the Great Postal Strike of 1970 to the Manufactured Crisis of the U.S. Postal Service

Philip F. Rubio

Abstract

For eight days in March 1970, over 200,000 postal workers staged an illegal "wildcat" strike--the largest in United States history--for better wages and working conditions. Picket lines started in New York and spread across the country like wildfire. Strikers defied court injunctions, threats of termination, and their own union leaders. In the negotiated aftermath, the U.S. Post Office became the U.S. Postal Service, and postal workers received full collective bargaining rights and wage increases, all the while continuing to fight for greater democracy within their unions. Using archives, peri ... More

Keywords: 1970 wildcat strike, rank-and-file, U.S. Post Office, U.S. Postal Service, postal financial crisis, postal unions, collective bargaining, New York

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469655468
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655468.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip F. Rubio, author
North Carolina A&T State University