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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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Rising Expectations and Brewing Conflict

Rising Expectations and Brewing Conflict

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(p.38) 2 Rising Expectations and Brewing Conflict
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Undelivered
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Philip F. Rubio

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655468.003.0003

This chapter looks at the low pay and poor working conditions in the late 1960s and the upsurge of rank-and-file postal worker reform campaigns against what they called “collective begging” of Congress. Chronic postal deficits and a sudden service breakdown in Chicago in 1966 led to the 1967 Kappel Commission that first explored a postal corporation model. The chapter also charts the growing postal worker anger at Congress; presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon; and their own national union leaders for ignoring their pleas for living wages. Militant rank-and-file organizing in New York led up to the wildcat strike that began there on March 18, 1970.

Keywords:   Chicago, Kappel Commission, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, postal wages, working conditions, collective begging, rising expectations, rank-and-file organizing, wildcat strike

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