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Older photo of men holding signs on strike.
Labor Unions
  1. U.S. Labor Unions in the 1940s
  2. U.S. Unions in the Cold War
  3. Public worker unions in the United States
  4. Decline in Strike Activity in the US
  5. Union Membership Across the United States
  6. Right-to-Work Laws
  7. Types of Unions in the United States
  8. The AFL-CIO
  9. Labor Contracts in the United States
  10. Strikes in the United States
  11. What Happens During a Strike
  12. Long Strikes and Violence
  13. The 1964 Civil Rights Act
  14. Union Campaign Contributions and Political Influence
  15. Unions and Politics
  16. U.S. Unions in the 90s and Today
  17. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: George Meany
  18. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: John L. Lewis
  19. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: Walter Reuther
  20. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: A. Philip Randolph
  21. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: Jimmy Hoffa
  22. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: Caesar Chavez
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Picketing letter carriers hold signs.
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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