The Strike's Next Month
Appointing mediators in the Daily News dispute suggested at least some hope that union and management officials might resolve their differences at the bargaining table. As will be discussed in this chapter's first section, however, the smallest portion of November's labor-management activities at the News involved bargaining table behavior or issues.
Both News union and management officials remained away from the bargaining table to resolve and/or enhance peripheral bargaining considerations. Union officials were primarily concerned about presenting a unified front both within their sometimes diverse membership (particularly the case with the Newspaper Guild) and with other unions not directly involved in the strike. Two general activities, rallies and a consumer boycott, were employed by unions during the strike's next month to produce a united organized labor-community stance against management's bargaining approach. Management likely eschewed bargaining-table efforts to concentrate on advertising and distribution problems that were, in part, due to the unions' external activities as well as to three managerial strike miscalculations.
Violence -- activities, atmosphere, and allegations -- pervaded, if not suffocated, traditional bargaining assumptions and behavior. Union and management negotiators focused on the degree and attribution of these acts instead of measurable bargaining issues and labor-management relationships should an agreement be reached.
John Sweeney's federal mediation assignment at the News was likely eclipsed the same day by Theodore Kheel, who reinforced the continued avoidance of
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Publication information: Book title: Labor Relations at the New York Daily News:Peripheral Bargaining and the 1990 Strike. Contributors: Kenneth M. Jennings - Author. Publisher: Praeger Publishers. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1993. Page number: 75.
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