National Affairs: Big Bill Retires

Through three turbulent decades of labor history, Big Bill Hutcheson has been as unchanging a symbol of U.S. labor as the claw-hammer and the cross-cut saw. Through old and New Deal, his faith in old grass-roots Republicanism never wavered, and his ruthless dictatorship over the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America never faltered.

Last week Big Bill Hutcheson, bald, ruddy, bejowled and 77, summoned reporters to his fourth-floor offices in the yellow brick headquarters in Indianapolis. He met them in his shirt sleeves, and announced that he was feeling as fit as...

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