Labor Unions The Good Guy Finally Won

In a historic upset, the Teamsters elect a reforming president who promises that the days of Mob ties are over

When Ronald Carey declared that he would run for the presidency of the Teamsters Union two years ago, most labor experts considered the reform candidate a do-gooder with little chance of winning. A virtual unknown outside ; the New York City borough of Queens, where he heads a local chapter representing 6,600 truck drivers, Carey did not have the support of regional union officials. Moreover, his rivals outspent him 5 to 1.

Against all odds, Carey emerged victorious last week in the biggest election in U.S. labor history. Carey, 55, rolled up 49% of the vote to beat two insiders, including...

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