LABOR: Against Housecleaning

For more than a year the A.F.L.-C.I.O. had been promising to support fair-minded legislation that would help organized labor clean its own rat-infested house. But last week the A.F.L.-C.I.O. Executive Council, meeting in Washington, sat in judgment on the relatively mild Kennedy-Ervin labor bill, passed 90 to 1 (Arizona Republican Barry Goldwater) in the Senate and awaiting House consideration. Labor's leaders turned thumbs down.

What the Executive Council most objected to was the so-called "bill of rights," sponsored by Arkansas Democratic Senator John McClellan and added to the Kennedy bill midway through Senate debate on the measure as a floor...

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