Labor: The Man in Charge

Like the old Romans trooping into the Colosseum, some of the delegates to the A.F.L.-C.I.O.'s fourth biennial convention in Bal Harbour, Fla., were excited at the prospect of watching a pair of veteran gladiators, President George Meany and Vice President Walter Reuther, batter each other into a bloody pulp. Meany has little use for Reuther—and Reuther, in turn, makes small secret of his belief that such A.F.L.-C.I.O. problems as declining membership and jurisdictional disputes are due mainly to Meany's thickthumbed leadership. But as the days passed at the federation's convention last...

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