The Detroit Newspaper Strike: A Template for Employers on Preparing for and Operating During a Labor Strike

Source: John A. Taylor, Labor Law Journal, Vol. 59 no. 2, Summer 2008

…In reality, the strike, dubbed by some as “the strike to end all newspaper strikes” was doomed from the moment the unions, without adequate planning and preparation, launched their ill-fated walk out.

The unions’ lack of preparedness stands in sharp contrast to the extensive planning and preparation the employers engaged in for at least three years leading up to the strike. So extensive were the employers’ strike plans that even such details as researching “ways to fill vending machines and get hot meals for round-the-clock workers in case of a walkout” were carefully thought out…

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