Labor: The Tired Old Guard

Over the years, American labor leaders have pounded tables and called out the pickets to win such benefits as early retirement. But retire themselves? Not if they can help it. More than any other segment of the economy, U.S. labor is still run by an old guard that stubbornly refuses to hand over responsibility and power to younger men.

Only three of the ten largest unions impose compulsory retirement on their officials. And labor leaders are a durable lot: President Joseph Moreschi of the Hod Carriers is 80, domineering David Dubinsky of the Ladies' Garment Workers 73, Jacob Potofsky of the...

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