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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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Almost Striking Again, Arbitration, and Automation, 1980s–1990s

Almost Striking Again, Arbitration, and Automation, 1980s–1990s

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Philip F. Rubio

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter Seven studies how antagonistic labor-management contract negotiations between the U.S. Postal Service and its two major unions, the National Association of Letter Carriers and the American Postal Workers Union, almost ended with a called strike by those unions in the first year of President Ronald Reagan’s administration (1981-1989). This strike was averted by an arbitration mechanism built into the PRA. Union solidarity was embodied in the Joint Bargaining Committee. This chapter also charts the effects of automation on the workforce from the 1970s through the early 2000s.

Keywords:   labor-management contract negotiations, Ronald Reagan, privatization, arbitration, Joint Bargaining Committee, U.S. Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers, American Postal Workers Union, Automation, Workforce

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