Steeltown Standoff

In Pittsburgh's 10-week newspaper strike, many side with the unions

"This is still a labor town!" That's the sort of headline that could well have run in Pittsburgh -- if only the city's two major dailies weren't shut down by a strike. To protest a plan to cut 450 of 605 Teamster positions, delivery-truck drivers walked out on May 17 against the Pittsburgh Press Co., which publishes the Pittsburgh Press (circ. 209,000 daily, 556,000 Sunday) and prints and distributes the separately owned Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (circ. 154,000 daily).

Last week the papers attempted to use replacement workers -- "scabs" in union vernacular -- to deliver editions printed in Canada. Although just 15%...

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