Newspapers: Baltimore Blackout

For the first time in 128 years, Baltimore was without a newspaper. After six weeks of name-calling negotiations, the 728-man Newspaper Guild struck the Sun. The paper managed to limp along for three days last week with a skeleton staff. Then the drivers and printers refused to cross the picket lines; and the morning, evening and Sunday Suns were forced to shut down. Baltimore's only other paper, Hearst's News-American, also closed down in support of the Sun.

The battle is over union security and what Baltimore reporters call "the D.C. gap." The Sun management pays Guild reporters a top...

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