LABOR: End of the Line?

When Lee Pressman, the C.I.O.'s sharply tailored legal eagle, walked out of Phil Murray's Washington office—and out of his job—one day last week, he was lugubriously blowing his nose and drying his eyes. Behind him, Phil Murray was so overcome with emotion that he could not even step outside for a news picture.

But the parting was inevitable. Lee Pressman and his Communist line are no longer popular in the C.I.O., where Walter Reuther's right wing is in ascendancy. Sorrowful, aging Phil Murray had found he could no longer straddle the edges of his union's ideological schism. Pressman had seen...

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