The Press: Seeds in St. Louis

When 332 American Newspaper Guild members walked out of Sam Newhouse's St. Louis Globe-Democrat last Feb. 21, no one really expected them to stay out for long. The strike issues—chiefly pensions and job security—scarcely sounded desperate or even irreconcilable. But the guild was well heeled and angry, and Sam Newhouse, with the paper closed down, was not taking a heavy net loss from day to day. Within a week the walkout turned into a bitter siege.

As weeks and months wore by, idled Globe employes took work elsewhere; others struggled along on strike benefits (up to $80 a week). Left without a...

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