Despite talk from both sides of an early resumption of negotiations, there was no move toward settlement yesterday of the 2-day-old Newspaper Guild strike against The New York Daily News.
Jonathan Thompson, a spokesman for the management of the nation's largest-circulation daily, said almost 600,000 copies of yesterday's News were distributed by truck drivers who crossed picket lines in definance of the strike.
Drivers union President Douglas La Chance Tuesday night told his men to go to work after four hours of tense bargaining with other union leaders, management and his deputies in the garage across the street from the News' truck-loading bays.
The News said 176 drivers worked, which was more than enough to distribute the reduced number of papers yesterday. The News normally sells 1.8 million copies daily. A somewhat smaller number of drivers refused to follow La Chance and respected the picket line.
The News contained less news and advertising than usual in its truncated edition, prepared by management with the aid of only one craft union - the International Typographical Union, which has a contract with the News.
The other eight craft unions do not have contracts and refused to across the picket line thrown up by the 1340 Guild members. The Guild represents editorial and business employes.
In its first day, the strike had no effect on The New York Times or New York Post, the city's other two dailies.
Barry McCarthy, a spokesman for the Times, said, "we're not involved in any way. From the experience of last night it would seem that the News is quite capable of handling its problems."
The Times and Post have pledged to support the News, but the only evident form of support is that they have said they will no attempt to capture News circulation by enlarging their press runs.