Essay: UNION LABOR: Less Militant, More Affluent

IN Los Angeles' splendid new Music Center, 1,500 members of the Retail Clerks Union sat in red-plush comfort beneath crystal chandeliers. Before getting down to the business of a union meeting, they heard a concert climaxed by a specialized composition called The Shopping Center Blues. They chuckled appreciatively when Local Leader Joe Silva explained that his hoarseness was caused by "executive flu " De Silva noted that a minority of the Music Center's board had protested that a union meeting was not the sort of "cultural" activity for which the $32.2 million center...

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