POLITICS: Labor's Best-Heeled Powerhouse

Whatever the outcome of the fight over job policy, organized labor will wield a tremendous influence in this year's election. The AFL-CIO'S Committee on Political Education (COPE), with a treasury of $2 million raised through members' contributions, will pour not only money but armies of workers into the campaign, mount mass mailings, and mobilize one of the most powerful political forces in the country. The little-known man who directs this power rarely receives journalists, but he recently permitted TIME National Political Correspondent Robert Ajemian to accompany him in New York, Washington and Miami. Ajemian's report:

"Okay, Maryland out," shouts Alexander...

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