Labor's Pain

Why it's unlikely there'll be a strike at the Chronicle this summer

"There is no guarantee [to the Chronicle] that we won't participate and respect the picket lines," he continues, "but it's at a major cost for my membership to do that, and ultimately, they'll decide what they're going to do. But it's going to be after I make the determination that those people talking about going on strike are doing it reasonably and logically. ... If we allow one of these small unions to go off half-cocked, we're our own worst enemies.

"I'm not sure that it's any longer in the members' best interest to be inflexible. A lot of people wish to characterize protection [for workers], which equals restriction, as good, and in some cases it is. But inflexibility in my mind, and in this day and time, is not good."

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