NEW YORK — The Daily News has sued its striking unions on charges they have used violence to disrupt the publication and sale of the newspaper.
The News on Monday, in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, accused the unions of violating federal labor law.
It was the second lawsuit brought by the newspaper against the unions since the strike began Oct. 25.
The first lawsuit, brought Nov. 29 under the civil racketeering statute, accused the nine striking unions of coordinating a violent conspiracy to force a favorable labor settlement or the sale of the newspaper.
The new complaint claims that the unions violated the Labor-Management Relations Act, which prohibits unions from interfering with the business of parties not involved in a labor dispute, in this case News' dealers and advertisers.
The lawsuit asks for more than $50 million in losses the News claims it incurred as a result of the campaign, which it said included "many hundreds" of incidents of arson, assault, vandalism, threats and harassment.
Theodore Kheel, a labor attorney and adviser to the unions, denied the allegations. He cited recent testimony by senior police officials who said investigations found that the violence was committed by individuals and was not part of a coordinated conspiracy.