Labor: Trouble Ahead

By the tens of thousands, steelworkers last week voted in one of the highest-stake elections in U.S. trade union history. Challenged was David John McDonald, 62, president since 1952 of the million-member United Steelworkers of America. Challenging was Steel-worker Secretary Treasurer I. W. (for lorwith Wilbur) Abel, 56, who for the past dozen years has worked only a few paces down the hall from McDonald in the union's Pittsburgh headquarters, sharing confidences, negotiating chores and administrative responsibilities.

The Steelworkers' presidential election had all the toothmarks of an uncommonly mean campaign for...

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