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Jan 13, 2013 10:19 AM by Associated Press

Ex-postal workers' union head Sombrotto dies at 89

MANHASSET, N.Y. (AP) - Vincent R. Sombrotto, a labor leader who served as president of the National Association of Letter Carriers for 24 years, has died. He was 89.

The NALC announced on its website that Sombrotto died Thursday. Fairchild Sons Funeral Home in Manhasset, N.Y., which is handling the arrangements, confirmed his death to The Associated Press.

The NALC says Sombrotto joined the then-Post Office Department in 1947. As a letter carrier at New York's Grand Central Station, he took charge of the 1970 postal strike that led to the creation of the United States Postal Service.

In 1978, Sombrotto was elected as the NALC's 16th president, a position he held until his retirement in 2002.

He is survived by his wife, Rae, seven children and 14 grandchildren.

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