LABOR: Old & Healthy

LABOR Old & Healthy To more aggressive labor leaders, the American Federation of Labor has long seemed as limp as a well-chewed cigar. In 1938, after John L. Lewis led the C.I.O. out of the A.F.L., he said his new union "has made it perfectly safe for the A.F.L. to come along and gather up the butcher and the baker and the candle-stickmaker ... All they need to do is trail along . . . behind the C.I.O. and we will keep the wind off them."

Last week, as 700 A.F.L. delegates moved quietly into San Francisco for the A.F.L.'s 70th...

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