Coping with Labor's Pains


Sergio Cofferati — leader of the Italian General Labor Confederation

Built like a bear, Sergio Cofferati may be the only man in Italy who makes Silvio Berlusconi sweat. But it's not Cofferati's husky frame that unnerves the billionaire Prime Minister — it's the company he keeps. The leader of Italy's largest trade union, the Italian General Labor Confederation (CGIL), drew more than a million people to a Rome march last month to protest Berlusconi's proposed labor reforms. The bearded opera aficionado was the one inspiring cries of "Bravo!" from the sea of red-clad supporters as he derided Italian conservatives for their claim that free-market policies are compassionate. "It is we," he...

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