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Byline Strike at Washington Post

June 5, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Journalists at The Washington Post withheld their names from articles, photographs and artwork to protest management contract proposals.

Almost all stories appeared without Post writer bylines in Wednesday’s editions, including a 125th anniversary supplement. Some photo and art credits also were withheld.

``We hope to get the attention of Post management,″ said Calvin Zon, local representative for the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild.

Patricia Dunn, the Post’s vice president for labor, said the newspaper recently settled contracts with four other unions before they expired.

``While other newspapers across the country have been laying off employees, we have proposed wage increases and pension improvements,″ she said.

Talks between the Post and the Guild broke down May 16, two days before the three-year contract expired. The two sides couldn’t agree on wages, vacations and rules about leaving the union.

The Guild represents 1,450 Post editorial and commercial employees. The byline strike was planned for Wednesday and Thursday and may continue for two days next week, Zon said.


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