Labor: Bearding Uncle Sam

Of all the roles that the Federal Government plays, perhaps the least familiar outside of Washington is that of boss. The Government is by far the nation's biggest employer. Its payrolls cover 2,600,000 people (not counting the military services) who perform almost every conceivable variety of job. The range runs through the alphabet from architect to zoologist and includes beauticians, cotton classifiers, archaeologists and even funeral directors. In years past, the Government had a reputation as a model employer, but, says A.F.L.-C.I.O. President George Meany, "those days are long past." To...

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