LABOR: New Vigor in the Pits

Unions have lost much of their vibrancy and clout in recent years. The big reason, many critics of the labor movement say, is that union leadership has become calcified in its complacent enjoyment of power and increasingly remote from the workers in the factories and mines. No union was more open to that accusation than the United Mine Workers under the autocratic tenures of John L. Lewis and W.A. ("Tony") Boyle. Now, a rank-and-file coal miner named Arnold Miller is giving this thesis a major challenge by providing the U.M.W. with the...

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