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  1. Social Security and Retirement
  2. Retirement Age and Social Security
  3. Working at Home
  4. Longer Years of Retirement
  5. Employment trends
  6. Foreign workers in the United States
  7. Mexican Workers in the United States
  8. Workplace Safety Standards
  9. Work-related Injuries and Deaths
  10. Growth of Large Corporate Farming
  11. Union Membership Across the United States
  12. Laws Regarding Working Women
  13. Labor Contracts in the United States
  14. Right-to-Work Laws
  15. Public worker unions in the United States
  16. Unemployment insurance
  17. Equal Opportunity Employment Laws
  18. Workers’ Compensation
  19. Minimum Age for Agricultural Employment
  20. Minors in the Workplace
  21. Minimum Wage
  22. Employment of Persons with Disabilities
  23. Major Equal Employment Legislation in the U.S.
  24. Employment in the Service Sector
  25. Unemployment
  26. State’s Unique Worker’s Compensation Laws
  27. Life on Unemployment
  28. Minimum Wage and Poverty
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Postal workers picket during the Great Postal Strike of 1970.
Photo Courtesy of the APWU.
Public worker unions in the United States
In the 1960s, the number of work stoppages staged by public workers, such as teachers, bus drivers, and other local government employees, rose. The largest public worker strike in U.S. history began in March 1970, as almost one third of the nation's 750,000 postal employees walked off the job. With mail service paralyzed in New York City, Detroit, and Philadelphia, President Nixon declared a state of national emergency and ordered soldiers to New York City post offices to fill in for striking workers. The Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 gave the president the power to do this.
Special Terms: strike  |  Taft-Hartley Act

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