LABOR: The Cities Get Tough

There is no joy these days at the Washington headquarters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents some 750,000 various government workers throughout the nation. Wails Jerry Wurf, the union's president: "Every day I come to work and there's a stack of clips on my desk from around the country. Most of it's bad news. The courts are dumping on us, and the politicians think we're great whipping posts. You might say we're the object of some hostility."

Faced with rising budget deficits, many states and cities are,...

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