Apwu Letter From Moe Biller To Bruce Adamson Jan. 4, 1989 -- Adamason V. Usps For Sale
You are offerding on this letter an original -- from APWU Union President Moe Biller dated Jan. 4, 1989. Biller was known as a very influential Postal Union President. An internet search will turn up video and much details about Biller. If you have any questions please email Seller. American Postal Workers Union
On July 1, 1971, five federal postal unions merged to form the American Postal Workers Union, the largest postal workers union in the world.
The U.S. postal strike of 1970 was a groundbreaking two-week strike
by federal postal workers in March 1970. The strike was unique both
because it was against the government and because it was one of the
largest wildcat strikes in U.S. history.
President Richard Nixon called out the United States armed forces and the National Guard in an attempt to distribute the mail and break the strike.
The strike influenced the contents of the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970, which transformed the Post Office into the more corporate United States Postal Service and guaranteed collective bargaining rights (though not the right to strike.)
At the time, postal workers were not permitted by law to engage in
collective bargaining. Striking postal workers felt wages were very low,
benefits poor and working conditions unhealthy and unsafe. APWU
president Moe Biller described Manhattan post offices as like
"dungeons," dirty, stifling, too hot in summer, and too cold in winter.
The U.S. Post Office Department's
management was outdated and, according to workers, haphazard. Informal
attempts by workers to obtain higher pay and better working conditions
had proven fruitless.
An immediate trigger for the strike was a Congressional decision to
raise the wages of postal workers by only 4%, at the same time as
Congress raised its own wages by 41%.
BIOGRAPHY FOR MOE BILLERMoe Biller, 87, Labor Chief Of Postal Workers, Is DeadBy ROBERT D. McFADDEN Published: September 06, 2003
Biller, a union scrapper who battled postmasters and presidents to lead
postal workers out of poverty with illegal strikes, protests and six
decades of hard-nosed bargaining that made him America's best-known
postal union leader, died yesterday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87.
Heart disease was the cause, said his son Steven.
postmaster general, John E. Potter, called Mr. Biller a forceful,
innovative leader and ordered post office flags across the nation flown
at half-staff until tomorrow. ''The American labor movement has lost a
great leader today, and the Postal Service and its employees a committed
champion and friend,'' he said.
Mr. Biller was president of the
340,000-member American Postal Workers Union from 1980 until his
retirement in 2001, when he was named president emeritus. As president,
he negotiated a series of contracts that won higher wages and improved
working conditions and benefits. Critics complained of an abrasive
style; still, his popularity with the rank and file was unquestioned.
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Apwu Letter From Moe Biller To Bruce Adamson Jan. 4, 1989 -- Adamason V. Usps: $15