Nation: Postal Strike?

Unions reject a contract

This might be the nightmare: the nation's 30,000 post offices suddenly shut down and are surrounded by angry pickets, while tons of undelivered mail accumulate like the leaves of autumn. Stores and utilities are cut off from their revenues; doctors and other professionals are deprived of their incomes, the old of their Social Security pensions, the poor of their welfare benefits. Only when Americans are threatened with the loss of their mail service can they realize how much they and their whole society depend on it.

That threat abruptly became a reality last week and,...

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