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U.S. Postal Workers Strike of 1978

At midnight on July 20/21, 1978, national postal contracts expired. In the early morning hours of July 21, at the 1.8 million-square foot New York Bulk & Foreign Mail Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, the largest postal facility in the world at that time, an informational picket line went up. Postal workers carried signs of “No Contract, No Work,” a slogan endorsed by the three major postal unions (the American Postal Workers Union, the National Association of Letter Carriers, and the National Post Office Mail Handlers.

Ninety percent of the day shift workers did not report to work at the facility that day. Afternoon and evening shifts also stayed out. The wildcat strike spread quickly to the San Francisco Bulk Mail Center (in Richmond, California); the Kearney, New Jersey, Mail Processing Center; the Washington, D.C. Bulk Mail Center; and the Philadelphia,Pennsylania, Bulk Mail Center. There were also sporadic protests in Chicago, Illinois; Allentown, Pennsylvania; Miami, Florida; and Los Angeles, California.

The wildcat strike was broken after five days. Postal management subsequently fired 125 workers, suspended 130, and issued letters of warning to 2,500 for their participation in the strikes..

As the strike deadline approached, U.S. postal workers demonstrated outside New York City, New York's, main post office.
postal workers demonstrate in New York City

In the Year 1978

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