NEW YORK -- New York Daily News publisher James Hoge and representatives of its nine striking unions met yesterday at Gracie Mansion at the urging of New York Mayor David N. Dinkins as the clock ticked toward a possible closure or sale of the tabloid.
It was the first time Hoge and George McDonald, head of the striking mailers' union and president of the Allied Printing Trades Council, had met since negotiations began nearly a year ago. The unions struck Oct. 25, and the Daily News announced Wednesday that the 72-year-old tabloid would close unless "efficient" settlements are reached soon or a buyer is found.
Dinkins said he was encouraged by the meeting. "There is a willingness not to debate what has been, but where do we go from here," he said. "Not only do we need the institution, but there are 2,300 jobs."