President Nixon on Monday (23 March) ordered the use of troops to move the strike-bound mail in New York City.
President Nixon on Monday (23 March) ordered the use of troops to move the strike-bound mail in New York City. In a nationally televised address to the nation Mr. Nixon said that the mail situation in New York was the most acute. He said, "These replacements are being sent in as a supplementary force to maintain basic services," and he added that they would be withdrawn as soon as the striking postal workers returned to their jobs.
The President said he also has instructed Attorney General John Mitchell to take whatever action is necessary against illegal picketing which would interfere with the return of workers willing to go back to their jobs.
Mr. Nixon explained his action by saying, "We can not and will not negotiate while thousands of workers are participating in an illegal work stoppage." He then urged the workers to ??? return to their jobs so that negotiation could begin.
Mr. Nixon ended his remarks with this plea to the nation, "I am asking for the understanding and support of every American in this decision I have make on behalf of our country." The President spoke for seven minutes.