Nation: Strike Off

Postmen stay at work—for now

Just eight hours before a threatened nationwide postal strike was to begin last week, neither side showed any sign of budging. Postmaster General William F. Bolger adamantly refused to go back to the bargaining table. Three postal unions were just as insistent on reopening negotiations after their members had voted to reject a contract calling for a 19.5% pay increase over three years.

Then U.S. Mediation Director Wayne Horvitz came to the rescue with a formula acceptable to both sides. Talks would resume for 15 days under a new mediator, James J. Healy, professor of industrial relations...

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