Labor: Loss of a Healer

During his lifetime, United Auto Workers President Walter P. Reuther was regarded by many businessmen and rival union leaders as a dangerously disruptive force. Yet since his death two weeks ago in the fiery crash of a small chartered jet in Michigan, it has become increasingly clear that he was one of the healers that U.S. society sorely needs right now. Of all prominent labor leaders, he maintained the closest ties to the poor, the black and the young —those frustrated groups whose sense of alienation is fed by the suspicion that...

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