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Nixon Intervenes in Postal Strike

An illegal strike of federal postal employees occurred in March 1970. At the time, the mail was delivered by the cabinet Post Office Dept. President Nixon called in troops to handle the mail in New York City, where the strike was most extensive. The eventual deal that resolved the strike converted the Post Office into a federally-owned corporation, the U.S. Postal Service. Workers gained the right to collective bargaining, but not the right to strike. Under the new procedures, compulsory arbitration is used when negotiations lead to an impasse. In other respects, labor relations in the Postal Service are regulated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the agency that covers most of the private sector.
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