Democrats: Labor's Love Lost

Ailing A.F.L.-C.I.O. President George Meany limped painfully* to the lectern.

There, jowls aquiver with indignation, he roared at a union convention in Washington: "We can't buy either party. If we are looking around for a party to adopt or control, we don't want the Democratic Party, because they can't deliver!" President Johnson was un moved. "As far as I have been aware," he said laconically, "labor has always been independent, and should be."

Sitting on Situs. Nonetheless, Meany's blast brought the smoldering feud between labor and the Democratic Party close to open warfare. Already irked by the Administration's tepid efforts to win...

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