LABOR: Doubtful Peace

At well-publicized ceremonies in Washington last week, A.F.L. President George Meany and C.I.O. President Walter Reuther got 65 A.F.L. and 29 C.I.O. unions to sign a no-raiding agreement that calls for arbitration of jurisdictional disputes. Although Reuther and Meany grinned for the cameras and predicted that the A.F.L. and C.I.O. would join forces before the pact expires (December 1955), the peace pact was almost worthless. Reason: non-signers included Dave Beck, whose powerful A.F.L. Teamsters openly lay claim to 50,000 men in rival unions, and Dave McDonald, president of the C.I.O. United...

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