Dear Queens Area Local Members and Visitors
Today is a special day.
Fifty two years ago, fed up with low wages, unpredictable hours, and little control over their workplace, postal workers in New York City voted to go on strike.
Within two weeks, over 200,000 postal workers would walk off the job and join them, grinding postal services across the country to a halt.
Despite efforts by President Nixon to replace the striking postal workers with thousands of military personnel, it quickly became clear that the skilled workers of the postal service could not simply be replaced on a whim.
After two weeks, the government conceded that they were powerless in the face of the strike, and gave in to postal workers' demands.
Our unbreakable solidarity and commitment to striking resulted in huge raises, more consistent schedules, and guaranteed collective bargaining rights for postal workers moving forward – marking the beginning of our union.
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As we look forward to the challenges facing our union in 2022 and beyond, whether it’s enforcing our new contract or fighting attempted cuts by privatizers, we must always remember where our power as a union comes from – solidarity.
The Great Postal Strike of 1970 was the ultimate expression of the spirit of solidarity which underpins our great union.
Let us honor the courage and sacrifice of those who came before us, and never forget where we come from.
Ron Suslak, President
Queens Area Local, A.P.W.U. AFL-CIO 1022