Labor: Split in Fact

The split in the U.S. labor movement last week became more than mere rhetoric. After 13 years of uneasy alliance, Walter Reuther, who led the C.I.O. into merger with George Meany's A.F.L. in 1955, took a separate path. In view of Reuther's bitter criticism of Meany's leadership, a dramatic departure directly tied to some matter of principle might have been expected. Instead, Reuther let his United Automobile Work ers fall 90 days late in monthly dues ($96,542) to the A.F.L.-C.I.O., thus causing his men to be suspended from all posts in the federation. "We didn't receive a check," announced...