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08/12/2010

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Ashley,

The 1970 strike was one of a number of events that influenced the way the Post Office Department was restructured. Plans for the restructuring began in the mid 1960s due to a growing realization that the Department’s operating structure was significantly out of date and unable to adequately respond to the massively growing mail volumes of the second half of the 20th century.

I had no idea that the re-organization was this recent. Hard to believe, for me at least, that until 1970 the Postmaster was a cabinet level position.

Was this change a result of the 1970 strike? I know it changed pay and promotion structures, just wondering if it also changed the actual organization.

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