National Affairs: Second-Act Sag

Handsome David McDonald, president of the C.I.O. United Steelworkers, once studied the theatrical arts. An amateur playwright, he put on a suspenseful production last week at the union's Atlantic City convention. McDonald, who greatly dislikes C.I.O. President Walter Reuther, had set the stage for conflict. He erased mention of the C.I.O. from his union contracts this year and even told newsmen not to describe the Steelworkers as C.I.O. He still paid $100,000 monthly dues to the C.I.O. for his 1,200,000 members (nearly one-fourth of the national C.I.O.'s revenues and strength), but a dramatic break seemed likely at the convention. Reuther was...

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