Clinton Signals Labor

He Will Be a Friend For openers, he is considering rehiring air-traffic controllers

RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY, U.S. LABOR LEADERS ARE convinced that unrelenting hostility from a Republican White House is a major reason why union membership has shrunk to a five-decade low -- 16% of the work force. Ronald Reagan set the tone in 1981 by not only firing illegally striking air-traffic controllers but also decreeing a lifetime ban on rehiring them. Now Bill Clinton has let it be known that he is considering taking back those controllers (maybe 3,000 of an original 11,400 strikers) who still want their old jobs. As further proof that he wants an entirely different relationship with organized labor,...

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