Newspapers: Challenging the Strike Record

When 110 American Newspaper Guildsmen struck the Youngstown, Ohio, Vindicator last August, chances were that they did not even consider the possibility of setting an endurance record for newspaper walkouts. All they wanted was to bring certain part-time circulation personnel under the Guild contract. But by last week, Youngstown's stubborn Guildsmen were well on their way to earning an unenviable title for forcing the longest shutdown in U.S. newspaper history.

Since 1939, the title has belonged to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where a Guildsmen's strike against the three dailies then being published gagged the papers for 174 days. That performance was improved by...

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