New York Times Agrees to Relationship Counseling

Pedestrians pass in front of the New York Times Co. building in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. New York Times Co., publisher of the namesake newspaper, said more than 100,000 people signed up for new digital subscriptions, a sign online revenue may help offset a decline in print advertising and circulation. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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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.