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Nixon strikes a blow for labor: Why returning public-sector workers the right to strike, as a last resort, makes sense

But if public employees do win back the right to strike, they had better be careful in using it. An inconvenienced public, unconvinced of the justice of a union’s cause, can quickly turn on strikers. In 1971, at the height of union power, New York City workers who operated highway drawbridges and sewer treatment plants walked off their jobs to protest the state government veto of a new pension plan they had negotiated, creating massive traffic jams and foul-smelling waters.

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