The Press: The Chess Players

After 80 days of one of the friendliest strikes in U.S. newspaper history, editorial staffers last week settled their disagreements with the Seattle evening Times (circ. 214,377). Terms of the settlement: a wage increase of up to 7% per week ($2.50 to $7) and an increase in editorial maximums (to $109) and fringe benefits. The Newspaper Guild, which wanted a 7-8% boost, and the Times, which offered 3-5%, were never very far apart financially or even socially. Throughout the strike, picketing staffers chatted amiably with members of the Times management entering the plant, and even got together for a "poverty poker"...

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