The Press: Post-Christmas Package

The presses of New York City's nine major dailies were rolling again this week after the longest, costliest newspaper strike in the city's history.

By any standard, the 19-day walkout of the tightly knit, semiskilled Newspaper and Mail Deliverers' Union was a bitter blow. Most New Yorkers had to make do with radio and TV reports (TIME, Dec. 22, 29), which were often skimpy digests of wire-service stories. The nine papers (daily circ. 5,700,000; 8,100,000 on Sunday) laid off some 15,000 workers, who lost an estimated $4,000,000 in wages. Struck during the Christmas rush, the papers missed some $30 million in advertising....

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