LABOR: Clean Sweep

Ham-handed Joe Curran, skipper of the C.I.O.'s big National Maritime Union, had won almost every tussle in his long struggle against Communist control. But it was like fighting a hydra: Joe had to wrestle the Communists and fellow travelers one by one, and every time he pinned one down, another bobbed up. Another trouble was that the Commies were so strongly entrenched that they usually got themselves re-elected to the key union jobs.

In this year's election Joe had three of his most durable foes in the ring with him at the same time. But Joe had trained for this bout...