LABOR: Chicago Revisited

The last time it convened in Chicago, Sam Gompers' earnest little American Federation of Labor was twelve years old, had about 250,000 members and $7,000 in the bank. Most of the delegates had bummed into town on the rods.

Last week, 53 years later, Bill Green's mighty A.F.L. came back for its second convention in Chicago. It had 7,151,808 members and a kitty of some $250,000,000. It bristled with beefy, big-salaried chieftains like the Miners' John L. Lewis,† the Musicians' Caesar Petrillo, the Teamsters' Dan Tobin and the Carpenters' Bill Hutcheson—men who ran...

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