Nation: He Ain't Going To Get Nothing

Labor rejects Carter's plans

In the first few months of his presidency, Jimmy Carter was viewed with fond and hopeful pride by the leaders of organized labor, who felt they had been decisive in his victory at the polls. "We were in a state of euphoria," recalls Al Zack, AFL-CIO spokesman and a confidant of Labor Chief George Meany. "We had a wish list that was a mile long." But then the disappointments began. Carter and Meany clashed over minimum wage, unemployment, and Social Security legislation. Meany found so many black marks on his list that he added them up and gave...

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