The Press: Non-Professionals

Is newspapering a profession? No, said the National Labor Relations Board last week.

The Hoboken Jersey Observer, bargaining with the C.I.O. American Newspaper Guild, wanted to exclude 23 newsmen from the collective bargaining unit. Because of their "greater responsibilities," said the paper, they were professional men like doctors and lawyers and should not be in a union. Ruled the NLRB: they were not required to have a license to practice, and didn't even have to go to college. So they were just hired help, like the paper's clerks and stenographers.


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