Labor: Hard Times

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In his seventh-floor office on Manhattan's West Side, a glacially handsome man spoke coldly about his situation. Said Bertram Anthony Powers, 40, president of Local No. 6 ("Big Six") of the International Typographical Union: "All this pressure and complaint was expected. Management is always right and we're always wrong. That's the way strikes are. I'm not bothered."

Three days later, the President of the U.S. went out of his way at a press conference to rap Powers by name, declare that the Powers-led New York newspaper strike, now eleven weeks old,...

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