The Press: New York Goes Modern

An elderly printer stood in a packed Manhattan hall last week and regaled his colleagues with an off-key rendition of After You've Gone. The performance was a bittersweet joke, for members of New York's Typographical Union No. 6 were voting, with white marbles or black, on an innovative eleven-year contract that will radically shrink one of the nation's oldest and most powerful craft union locals. The white marbles outnumbered the black by an overwhelming 1,009 to 41, thus giving the New York Times and the Daily News the right to fully automate their production systems....

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