The Press: Polite Strike

The American Newspaper Guild last week shut down a Seattle newspaper for the third time. But the strike against the prosperous, conservative Seattle Times (circ. 212,608) was like nothing that Seattle newsmen had ever seen before. By local standards, it was more of a tea party than a labor dispute.

Seattle still remembers the violence of the first Guild strike in 1936. The green young Guild got help from Dave Beck's roughhouse A.F.L. Teamsters' Union against Hearst's Post-Intelligencer. Beck's men threw what he called a "wall of living flesh" around the PI, and shut...

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