EYECATCHERS: Middleman Moves Over

After several weeks of difficult negotiations with himself, 49-year-old W.J. ("Bill") Usery Jr. has decided to throw his hat into the ring alongside those of all the other labor leaders who are hoping to succeed 79-year-old George Meany as head of the roughly 14 million-member AFL-CIO. Usery will leave his $40,000-a-year post as President Nixon's chief labor negotiator and director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service—from which an appointment as Secretary of Labor might have been easy to grasp. As head of the AFL-CIO'S newly created department of organization and field...

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