CINCINNATI -- In the days before Twitter, mobile apps, even news websites, the daily news came in the form of the daily newspaper. All other mediums relied, in some way, on the newspaper: In the evenings, TV and the radio would read the day's headlines and expand on them with their own reports.
But in Nov. 1973, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Post stopped production for four days.
The "pressman" strike was organized by the Teamsters Local No. 100, according to WCPO's archive video. Union members blocked the entryway of both newsrooms and wore signs that read "Please don't cross our picket line. Cinti Enquirer/Cinti Post Times-Star ON STRIKE. Teamsters Local 100."
Typography union strikes made a huge impact on the New York news market in the mid-1960s. Just before deadline, "hundreds of printers walked away from their clattering Linotype machines and their rumbling presses," Vanity Fair wrote in a feature on the strike and its lasting impact on the city.
WCPO's archives don't elaborate on the reasons for the strike: The only explanation is "both sides say that wages are not a primary concern."