Labor: But I Love You

Every inch the husky, handsome, silver-haired leader type, United Steelworkers President David McDonald stood before 900 workers in Midland, Pa., and presented his case for reelection. He wanted a new term, he said, "not for personal pride, but because I love you. I can only say I'm heartsick over what has happened."

McDonald, 62, has ample cause to be sick of heart: after twelve years as head of the union dealing with the nation's most basic industry, he is, by every present standard, a less than even choice to retain his job in...