LABOR: New Boss of the A.F.L.

In the top-floor conference room of the American Federation of Labor's seven-story headquarters in Washington, the big portrait of William Green, late A.F.L. president, was shrouded in black. To the left of it hung another portrait, un-shrouded and just as large. Seated beneath his own picture one day last week, the A.F.L.'s Secretary-Treasurer George Meany announced that the Executive Council of the A.F.L. had just chosen him as Green's successor and the Federation's fourth president in its 70-year history.

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