LABOR: A Torpedo Named Joe

The nation's biggest maritime union—and one of those most diligently cultivated by Communists—split wide open last week. The man who split it open was none other than Joe Curran, its blustering builder and longtime (nine years) boss.

Last February, Joe Curran was sold a bill of goods. The name of the goods: the Committee for Maritime Unity. From a trade-union point of view the idea seemed fine; C.M.U. would be the united front of all maritime and longshoremen unions. Ham-handed Joe Curran took his big East Coast National Maritime Union into the group,...

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