The Press: Unhappy Birthday

Last week in Chicago, the International Typographical Union's strike against the city's five dailies (TIME, Dec. 1, 1947 et seq.) was a year old, and still going strong. The strike had cost the 1,500 striking printers some $7,000,000 in wages, partly made up by $4,582,113 in strike benefits from I.T.U. What it had cost the newspapers, which had converted from Linotypes to Vari-Typers, they weren't saying. Best guess on the strike's duration: until Congress amends or repeals the Taft-Hartley Act. The I.T.U. hopes it will then get back its traditional closed shop.

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