Newspapers: A Concession to Dolly

The essential reasons for the 3½-month-long New York City newspaper strike in 1962-63 and the essential reasons for current merger talks among several of those newspapers come to pretty much the same thing. The publishers need desperately to cut production costs through automation. But they are bedeviled by a powerful, medieval-minded printers' union local whose attitude towards automation ranks roughly with the intellectual attainments of a mystery cult. Last week the union, in its misguided zeal, very nearly ran one of the publishers out of business.

Fold It? The target was the liberal afternoon New York Post (circ. 337,556). Publisher Dorothy...

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