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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Guards placed at executives' homes

News official shot in Oregonian strike
The New York Times, Oct. 17, 1960

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A shotgun blast hit Donald Newhouse, production manager of the struck Oregonian, as he worked at home last night. He was wounded in the hip and thigh.

The 41-year-old cousin of S.I. Newhouse, owner of the paper and ten others, said he had been threatened when he crossed the picket line at the plant.

The only clue, the police said, were footprints near the window through which the blast had come. Guards were placed at the home of every executive on the paper, which as continued to operate with non-union employees in the eleven-month old strike.

Mr. Newhouse was reported in satisfactory condition after surgery. Doctors said 100 pellets had hit him.

The Oregonian said Mr. Newhouse had "played a key role in maintaining production after it and The Journal were struck by the Stereotypers Union."

Among the issues in the stereotypers strike are the number of men needed to operate a new casting machine, whether foremen should belong to the union and the method of hiring substitutes. Other newspaper unions have joined the strike or observed the picket lines.

Part 9 in a series, "Newhouses and labor unions"

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