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December 13, 1962, Vol. VIII, No. 8

News Strike

The strike of the New York Typographical Union against the metropolitan dailies continues with both sides adamant and far from agreement. Nine papers have shut down. The printers struck only the Times, the News, the World-Telegram and Sun, and the Journal American, sparing the financially weaker dailies. A publishers' agreement, however, resulted in the Post, the Mirror, the Herald Tribune, the Long Island Star Journal, and the Long Island Press stopping operations in a gesture of unanimity. New York Post publisher Dorothy Schiff warned that she would be forced to close shop permanently should the strike be lengthy. Earlier this year Mrs. Schiff had negotiated with a combine of wealthy and influential investors, mostly reform Democrats, to sell the paper. Circulation, however, then began a steady climb, and negotiations were cancelled. The Herald Tribune, promised at least five years of life when millionaire publisher John Hay Whitney took over in 1960, is also believed to be racking up serious deficits. The Mirror, morning sister of the Journal American and part of the once powerful Hearst chain, is thought by some to be in the gravest danger of folding. Labor Secretary Willard Wirtz on Tuesday termed the situation "grim" after conferring with both sides. Wirtz then returned to Washington, leaving Conciliation and Mediation Director William Simkin in New York for at least another day. Simkin predicted that the strike "could go on for days, weeks, or even months."

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