Newspapers: Stymied by Seniority

NEWSPAPERS In Manhattan's Hotel Commodore, the leaders of three striking New York newspaper unions took up positions in three separate rooms. Representatives of the strikebound World Journal Tribune publishing company were sequestered in still another. Mediators dashed from one group to the next. Chief Mediator David Cole did his desperate best to keep track of what was going on, but by week's end all the activity had produced little in the way of bargaining. "This is a strange kind of thing," complained Cole. "It doesn't seem to respond to ordinary techniques. It's puzzling."...

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