Labor: Rift at the Top

George Meany and Walter Reuther have been feuding, publicly and privately, almost since the day that their unions joined to form the A.F.L.-C.I.O. eleven years ago. Meany, 72, the federation's president, has won the important points, and Reuther, 59, the top vice president, has usually knuckled under — partly in hopes of winning the older man's support to succeed him.

Lately, however, the feud has grown increasingly bitter, and Reuther, who has just about abandoned hope of inheriting Meany 's job, has given every indication that he will go his own way on basic issues, taking his powerful, 1,500,000-member...

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