Labor: Beyond the Last Mile

(See Cover) Lumbering along a street in Washington, an old railroad fireman named H. E. Gilbert recalled his private meeting with the President of the U.S. earlier that day. Gilbert turned to his companion. "You know," he said, "today's events make me prouder than ever that I'm an American. Where else in the world could an old country boy like me say no to the President and then walk out of his office?"

That no, uttered two weeks ago, resounded across the nation. By turning down the presidential proposal to have U.S. Supreme...