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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

(p.38) 2 Rising Expectations and Brewing Conflict

Philip F. Rubio

University of North Carolina Press

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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