Looking back: The Detroit News strike

Sterling Heights Sentry | Published December 15, 2023

Photo provided by the Sterling Heights Public Library and the Suburban Library Cooperative


STERLING HEIGHTS — This photo was taken in July 1995 of Sterling Heights police officers approaching the scene of a Detroit News strike that reportedly blocked the Sterling Heights Operations Facility at the intersection of Mound Road and Metropolitan Parkway.

According to the Suburban Library Cooperative’s Local History Digital Collection, police ended up using riot gear and tear gas in order to disperse the picket line. Officers also reportedly arrested 23 people for charges such as disorderly conduct, inciting to riot, resisting arrest and unlawful assembly.

“The strike itself occurred in Sterling Heights because that was where a production plant owned by one of the companies was located,” Mitchell Mulroy, a local history librarian for the Sterling Heights Public Library, said in an email.

“In 1997 the National Labor Relations ruled that the newspapers had acted in unfair practices, but this was overruled in 2000 by a federal judge.”

Learn more about the Local History Digital Collection by visiting sbrb-mon tage.auto-graphics.com.