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The Nation

Negotiators postponed for one day talks in New York’s bitter and sometimes violent hotel strike even though a union spokesman had reported both sides “closer than ever before” to a settlement. The negotiators in the 9-day-old strike reportedly were so close, in fact, that they turned down an invitation from Mayor Edward I. Koch for a bargaining session at his Gracie Mansion residence. About 16,000 hotel employees, from bellhops to bartenders, struck 53 hotels on June 1, the start of the lucrative tourist season.


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