Newspapers: Too Impatient to Talk

It seemed like a rerun of 1964. Once again, Detroit's two strike-prone newspapers were closed down. As before, contract negotiations had been proceeding fairly smoothly when one union got too greedy and stopped talking. Once again, interim papers quickly sprang up. The question was: Would the strike that began on Nov. 16 last as long as the previous one: 134 days?

For a while, it had looked as if there would be no strike at all. The 14 unions were asking for a 30% hike over a two-year contract; the papers offered an 8% increase. Bargaining was amiable, and most of...

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