WAGES: Maxi-Split on Minimums

During his first four months in office, Labor Secretary Peter J. Brennan managed to remain all but invisible: he held no formal press conferences, granted precious few interviews and avoided appearing before Congress. Last week the former hardhat from Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen finally surfaced to detail for a House subcommittee the Nixon Administration's minimum-wage bil−and with that single appearance, Brennan provoked a maxi-split with his old colleagues in the union movement. Said AFL-CIO President George Meany: "We are aghast that Brennan has so completely abandoned the trade-union principles he espoused for all...

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