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President John F. Kennedy’s gives federal workers right to bargain.

Executive Order 10988 was a United States presidential executive order issued by President John F. Kennedy on January 17, 1962 that recognized the right of federal employees to collectively bargaining. At the time, very few workers at any level of government had won the right to bargain collectively with their employers. Federal action helped inspire many states and localities to follow suit, allowing their own workers to organize. Executive Order 10988 was later replaced by President Richard Nixon's Executive Order 11491 in 1969.

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