LABOR: Try & Top Me

To show the boys that he is earning his pay and perquisites, a big-time labor leader has to compete with heads of other unions in thinking up lavish demands to put before management at bargaining time. For the Steelworkers' suave President Dave McDonald, this problem was already worrisome, even though his union's contracts still have a year and a half to run. For one thing, Dave won re-election to the presidency last year by an uncomfortably narrow edge. On top of that, he faces rugged competition from other labor chiefs, e.g., the...

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