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Jan. 21, 1974
A four-day strike by 2,000 postal workers at the New Jersey Bulk and Foreign Mail Center in Jersey City began on this date. The “Battle of the Bulk” was caused by postal management’s unilateral changes in workers’ hours and working conditions. The wildcat strike was led by a group of young workers who identified themselves as “The Outlaws”. A federal judge ruled in the union’s favor, directing management to settle the issue through binding arbitration. Union Communication Services

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Corporate Greed: Killing Middle-Class America
Updated On: Feb 08, 2018
Feb. 8, 2018 | ECONOMY | This past summer, striking Charter/Spectrum worker Eddie Rogan climbed onto the Mets dugout towards the end of a game at Citi Field and unfurled an IBEW Local 3 banner – for the Long Island father of three, this modest act of civil disobedience time at rating awareness about the plight of the working people was like “screaming into a canyon.” “I’ve got a great marriage and great kids, so I’m extremely lucky there,” Rogan tells LaborPress. “The pain that you feel is that you’ve been with the company for 32 years; the company’s been around for 40 years and there’s never been a labor dispute. Management and the union have always gotten along; the main concern was the customer. But this new company rolls in with new ideas; they want to reinvent the wheel; change everything around and all hell breaks loose. It’s the way the county’s going — corporate greed is basically taking over. It’s killing middle-class America. It’s destroying blue collar workers. And I’m not sure when it’s going to change.”… Labor Press
 
 
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