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— So, the pressroom workers say they intend to step up their campaign to publicize their dispute with the U-T with radio ads and some TV spots and may ask union members in San Diego and Imperial Counties to cancel their subscriptions to the paper.

"We're not going to lose," says Alger. "There's just no doubt about it. We're going to ratchet this thing up to the level they can't take it, but one step at a time, showing one more thing every day, one more thing that we can do. Hopefully, though, they'll say, 'Enough' before we have to go through a full-blown boycott and really hurt circulation and really take the image of this company down.

"We've got just incredible support coming from locals across the country. I have to go down to the union hall every day and get checks. What's happened is the international president has taken us on and made us a pivotal point for this union throughout the country. He realizes that if management is able to come in and take a group as dedicated to the union principles as we are and destroy us, then they can do it anywhere in the country, and the GCIU will never be able to sign a contract in any of their other shops."

Kelleher is a former assistant business editor at the Union-Tribune.

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