Licking the Postal Workers

September 1978
New Republic;9/9/78, Vol. 179 Issue 11, p5
Focuses on the reasons for the disappointment of postal workers in the United States with the wage settlement that unions have negotiated for them, which can lead to a possible strike. Average salary of a postal worker per year; U.S. Postal Services' cost-cutting strategies including the requirement for workers to work overtime rather than hire new hands; Psychic rewards for working in the postal service; Actual increases of the basic wage in the first year in the contract rejected by the postal workers; View that it would be a terrible public policy if the Postal Service makes major wage concessions to the workers in order to avoid a strike; Impact of postal rate increases on the public.


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