LABOR: The C.I.O. of 1951

In appearance and manner, the 600 sedate delegates who moved into New York's Commodore Hotel last week might have been members of the Cost Accountants Association. They were, in fact, the fulltime, salaried union officers of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, on hand for their 13th convention. In earlier years, C.I.O. conventions sometimes left a trail of broken chairs, smashed ash trays, torn tablecloths and echoes of roaring battles on the convention floor. But now the hairlines were drawing back, the waistlines were pushing forward and the blood was cooler.

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