Labor: Solidarity Ever?

Since the formation of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. in 1955, President George Meany, head of the old A.F.L., and Vice President Walter Reuther, boss of the old C.I.O., have eyed each other with deepening disdain. Meany thinks of Reuther as an energetic troublemaker. Reuther attributes many of organized labor's problems—such as declining membership and jurisdictional disputes between craft and industrial unions—to Meany's lackadaisical leadership of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. Last week, at labor's Bal Harbour convention, the Meany-Reuther feud was a top conversational subject among the delegates.

Meany chose to display his feelings toward Reuther...

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