The 1962-1963 New York City Newspaper Strike Begins

December 8, 2022

The New York City newspaper strike of 1962-1963 was a labor dispute between the Newspaper Guild, which represented editorial employees, and the New York Times, the New York Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News, and the New York Post. The strike began on December 8, 1962, and lasted for 114 days, ultimately ending with a settlement on March 31, 1963.

The main issues in the strike were wages and working conditions, as well as the fear of automation reducing jobs. The Newspaper Guild, soon joined by other unions, demanded higher salaries and better benefits for its members. The publishers, however, refused to budge on the issue, arguing that they could not afford to raise wages without raising the price of the newspapers.

The strike had a major impact on the city, as it disrupted the production and distribution of the newspapers and resulted in a significant loss of advertising revenue. Many New Yorkers turned to television and radio for their news, and some local businesses were forced to close due to the lack of advertising.

The strike finally ended when the publishers and the Newspaper Guild reached a compromise, including a wage increase for Guild members. However, the damage had already been done, and the strike was seen as a major setback for the New York City newspaper industry.



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