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The Labor Board CrewRemaking Worker-Employer Relations from Pearl Harbor to the Reagan Era$
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Ronald W. Schatz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043628

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043628.001.0001

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When the Meek Began to Roar

When the Meek Began to Roar

Public Employee Unionism in the 1960s

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(p.120) 6 When the Meek Began to Roar
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The Labor Board Crew
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Ronald W. Schatz

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043628.003.0006

During the 1960s, thousands of schoolteachers, nurses, sanitation workers, prison guards, firefighters, and police joined unions for the first time. Many of those workers defied the law by going on strike. This chapter explains how the Labor Board vets tried to mediate such strikes in New York City and then drafted new legislation for the public-sector employees in New York State. The Taylor Law enabled hundreds of thousands of public employees to unionize. But it did not stop strikes or slow wage and salary increases. On the contrary, relations between the public union employees, government agencies, and the public remained turbulent for years.

Keywords:   conflict resolution, arbitration, mediation, public employees, public employee unions, teachers, schoolteachers, nurses, sanitation workers, prison guards

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