1970 Postal Strike
Thirty five years ago, the rank-and-file members of Branch 36 took a stand that changed the course of history. It is certainly no exaggeration to say that the gains that letter carriers and other postal employees have made in the past three plus decades are a direct result of the courage and solidarity the rank-and-file members of Branch 36 displayed in March 1970 when they embarked on the country's first and only nationwide postal strike. Without the strike, the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970, which brought true collective bargaining to postal employees would probably not have been enacted. As a result, literally millions of workers employed by the Postal Service during the past 35 years have been the beneficiaries of wages, benefits and working conditions far superior to what they otherwise would have been.
Postal Strike of 1970