Labor Relations at the New York Daily News: Peripheral Bargaining and the 1990 Strike

Labor Relations at the New York Daily News: Peripheral Bargaining and the 1990 Strike

Labor Relations at the New York Daily News: Peripheral Bargaining and the 1990 Strike

Labor Relations at the New York Daily News: Peripheral Bargaining and the 1990 Strike

Synopsis

This unique study of labor relations and the phenomenon of peripheral bargaining focuses on the high-profile and bitter dispute at the New York Daily News in 1990. Using a dramatic case study involving one of New York City's oldest newspapers, 10 entrenched unions, the Chicago Tribune Company, publishing magnate Robert Maxwell, and 1.2 million Daily News readers, Kenneth Jennings provides systematic and extensive analysis of a rancorous collective bargaining effort, revealing a new development in labor-management relations; peripheral bargaining. This development threatens to erode the well-established practice of traditional bargaining and usher in a new, more hostile labor-management era.

Excerpt

The 1990 labor-management negotiations at the New York Daily News were influenced by management's financial concerns and the expectations of the union members and leaders involved. Negotiations were also affected by at least three preceding collective bargaining experiences. the first negotiations discussed in this chapter occurred in 1985 between three unions and management at the Chicago Tribune, a newspaper that, along with the Daily News, was owned by the Chicago Tribune Company. the 1985 negotiations influenced the 1990 News's negotiations in at least two ways. Charles Brumback, a Tribune management executive, was strongly associated with management's collective bargaining approach in both situations. Also, many of the peripheral bargaining activities and concerns that figured in the 1985 experience at the Tribune were mirrored in the 1990 experience at the News.

Next discussed in this chapter will be News's labor-management negotiations in 1982 and 1987, which suggested a partial tradition of bargaining table emphasis and resolution at the newspaper. in addition to previously experienced peripheral bargaining at the Tribune and nonperipheral bargaining at the News, two other potential influences existed in the 1990 News's negotiations, namely, a decision issued by the National Labor Relations Board; and economic conditions that existed after the 1987 labor agreement was reached at the News.

The 1985 chicago tribune collective bargaining experience

Charles Brumback's Accession

Charles Brumback was the Tribune executive most identified with the organization's collective bargaining stance in 1985. He became president and chief op-

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