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More from Marcia BrownOn a Friday morning, April 3, management instructed Plain Dealer employees to wait by their phones.

It reflects the final acts of Advance’s long-term, systematic plan to bust the Guild, recounted by dozens of former Plain Dealer reporters, Guild leaders, and labor experts.

The Teamsters refused, and Press reporters struck, joining The Plain Dealer in what would become a seven-week strike.

But the jobs often lacked the security, benefits, and wage scale of Plain Dealer union jobs.

As began its hiring spree, The Plain Dealer clearly became “the stepchild,” as one former reporter put it.

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