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The Great Postal Wildcat Strike of 1970

Philip F. Rubio

in There's Always Work at the Post Office: African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice, and Equality

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833421
eISBN:
9781469604053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895733_rubio.17
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter focuses on Cleveland Morgan, a black member of New York Branch 36 of the NALC and among the first to set up picket lines in New York City to kick off the nationwide March 1970 postal ... More


Aftershocks and Postal Reorganization

Philip F. Rubio

in Undelivered: From the Great Postal Strike of 1970 to the Manufactured Crisis of the U.S. Postal Service

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781469655468
eISBN:
9781469655482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655468.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chapter Five analyses the reasons for the success of the strike and charts the rocky aftermath of the 1970 postal wildcat strike with threats of more strikes. This would be the beginning of arguments ... More


Who Speaks for New York's Dockworkers?

William J. Mello

in New York Longshoremen: Class and Power on the Docks

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034898
eISBN:
9780813038681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034898.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The recurring wildcat strikes on the Port of New York between 1945 and 1951 had left business elites and political authorities alike searching for new devices to regain control. Placed within the ... More


Butte, 1942: White Men, Black Soldier-Miners, and the Limits of Popular Front Interracialism

Matthew L. Basso

in Meet Joe Copper: Masculinity and Race on Montana's World War II Home Front

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226038865
eISBN:
9780226044224
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226044224.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter focuses on the wildcat strike launched by miners of Butte, Montana in November 1942 to protest the government's decision to employ black soldiers as underground miners, and which ... More


The Strike Begins

Philip F. Rubio

in Undelivered: From the Great Postal Strike of 1970 to the Manufactured Crisis of the U.S. Postal Service

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781469655468
eISBN:
9781469655482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655468.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chapter Three chronicles the first five days of the 1970 nationwide postal wildcat strike. It spread from New York City as postal union branches and locals across the nation debated and voted. In the ... More


Rising Expectations and Brewing Conflict

Philip F. Rubio

in Undelivered: From the Great Postal Strike of 1970 to the Manufactured Crisis of the U.S. Postal Service

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781469655468
eISBN:
9781469655482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655468.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

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 ... More


There's Always Work at the Post Office: African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice, and Equality

Philip F. Rubio

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833421
eISBN:
9781469604053
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895733_rubio
Subject:
History, African-American History

This book brings to life the important but neglected story of African American postal workers and the critical role they played in the U.S. labor and black freedom movements. It integrates civil ... More


Introduction

Philip F. Rubio

in Undelivered: From the Great Postal Strike of 1970 to the Manufactured Crisis of the U.S. Postal Service

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781469655468
eISBN:
9781469655482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655468.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This introductory chapter argues that this strike was a ground-breaking, successful rebellion against the federal government and postal union leadership. Both organized and spontaneous, it was a ... More


Shortages and Strikes, 1945–1948

Daniel J. Clark

in Disruption in Detroit: Autoworkers and the Elusive Postwar Boom

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042010
eISBN:
9780252050756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042010.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

After earning the nickname "The Arsenal of Democracy" during WWII, Detroit’s auto plants experienced production disruptions during postwar reconversion to civilian production. This meant significant ... More


Post-Strike (1970–1971)

Philip F. Rubio

in There's Always Work at the Post Office: African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice, and Equality

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833421
eISBN:
9781469604053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895733_rubio.18
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter focuses on the time after the nationwide postal wildcat strike, during which many asked the question, “Now what?” “Euphoria” is how William H. Burrus, Jr., then vice president of the ... More


The Strike Ends

Philip F. Rubio

in Undelivered: From the Great Postal Strike of 1970 to the Manufactured Crisis of the U.S. Postal Service

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781469655468
eISBN:
9781469655482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655468.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chapter Four follows the last three days of the 1970 postal wildcat strike. It starts from President Richard M. Nixon’s dramatic intervention on March 23, 1970 when he sent thousands of unarmed ... More


Undelivered: From the Great Postal Strike of 1970 to the Manufactured Crisis of the U.S. Postal Service

Philip F. Rubio

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781469655468
eISBN:
9781469655482
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655468.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

For eight days in March 1970, over 200,000 postal workers staged an illegal "wildcat" strike--the largest in United States history--for better wages and working conditions. Picket lines started in ... More


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