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U.S. POSTAL STRIKE [1970]

The U.S. postal strike of 1970 was an eight-day strike by federal postal workers in March 1970 to protest low wages and poor working conditions. The strike began in New York City and spread to some other cities in the following two weeks, with more than 210,000 workers eventually participating nationwide. This strike against the federal government, regarded as illegal, was the largest wildcat strike in U.S. history. According the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General, “the strike shut down New York’s financial industry, kept 9,000 youths from receiving draft notices, delayed the mailing of census forms and tax refunds, and generally disrupted the country’s communications.” The strike ended after eight days without a single worker being fired. The strike directly influenced the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970, which guaranteed collective bargaining rights for the workers to negotiation on wages, benefits and working conditions (though the Act still does not allow the right to strike).