A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 21, 1955

Dear TIME-Reader:

One of the objects of TIME'S editors is to make the people who make the news come alive. This week we tell you about a onetime Bronx plumber who is very much alive though not nearly so well known as his new eminence and power would have us suppose. GEORGE MEANY, president of the American Federation of Labor, has long been a force in the labor movement; he is rapidly becoming one of the world's most influential men.

In November the A.F.L., and C.I.O. are scheduled to merge into what will become the largest organized labor body in history:...

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