Labor: The Final Curtain

U.S. labor leaders bargain vigorously for early retirement — for everyone but themselves. The average age of the A.F.L.-C.I.O.'s 29-man policymaking executive committee is 64, but one member is 82, twelve are in their 70s and several are in their late 60s. Last week, at the council's quarterly meeting in Manhattan, A.F.L.-C.I.O. President George Meany, 71, announced a new policy that will bring change, if not youth, to labor's high command.

Up to now, nominations to the council have been made by council members themselves, then routinely approved by acclamation on the floor of labor's biennial convention; council members could...

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