New York Times Agrees to Relationship Counseling

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After Times management and the Newspaper Guild took turns walking out on each other, both sides have agreed to bring in a mediator to help with the ongoing union contract dispute. "This is very good for the process — we were getting nowhere," one staffer explained to his side. "A mediator listens to both sides and then shuttles back and forth between the two rooms like Henry Kissinger, leaning on each of them to give in bit by bit until a deal is reached." A historical allusion is something on which everyone in the building can agree.