LABOR: Together Again

At Miami Beach's Roney Plaza Hotel, in a pink-and-grey room hung with old French prints of pastoral love scenes, six leaders of U.S. unionism met one morning last week to negotiate a union of their forces, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. "If we can't get together this time," said A.F.L. President George Meany through his cigar smoke, "we'd better give it up." By evening they had agreed—after years of bickering and battle—to merge A.F.L. and C.I.O. into one big federation, 15 million strong.

Old Scar. The merger will heal a schism dating back to...

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