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UndeliveredFrom the Great Postal Strike of 1970 to the Manufactured Crisis of the U.S. Postal Service$
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Philip F. Rubio

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469655468

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655468.001.0001

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Postal Workers and the Rise of Collective Bargaining

Postal Workers and the Rise of Collective Bargaining

(p.11) 1 Postal Workers and the Rise of Collective Bargaining

Philip F. Rubio

University of North Carolina Press

This chapterprovides some deep historical background for the strike. It examines labor in the early post office (that was all white by law). It follows the emergence of the first postal unions after the Civil War and their relationship with the federal government. From there it focuses on the early 1960s and partial collective bargaining rights granted to government workers under President John F. Kennedy’s Executive Order 10988, which led to rising expectations of more labor rights.

Keywords:   postal unions, Civil War, Executive Order 10988, collective bargaining rights, rising expectations, John F. Kennedy

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