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The Daily News and its unions said Monday they will go to
Washington Wednesday for separate talks with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in an effort to mediate a bitter 6-week strike.

Gov. Cuomo, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cardinal John O'Connor addressed a street rally of 6,500 across from the Daily News, sponsored by the Allied Printing Trades Council, umbrella of the nine unions striking the paper. Cuomo said the union movement is important to stop working people from being abused and added that a law allowing use of replacement workers is "not wise. It is distractive of labor."

Management prepared for a Tribune Co. board meeting today that may decide the paper's future. A key News problem has been distributing the paper and 15 unions representing 60,000 transit workers Monday agreed they would monitor its hawkers in the subways, stopping short of any action that would extend the strike to the subways.

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