A Friend at the Top

Clinton's Labor Secretary tells the AFL-CIO what it most wants to hear

HOW MUCH HAVE REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATIONS had to do with the decline in union membership to 16% of the work force, the lowest in 50 years? Plenty, say labor leaders: unfriendly Administrations have enabled employers to stall off union- representation elections for years and even break strikes. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich now proposes to change all that. Meeting with the AFL-CIO executive council in Bal Harbour, Florida, Reich repledged Bill Clinton's support for a law to prohibit employers from hiring permanent replacements for striking workers (the certainty of a George Bush veto long kept the Democratic majorities in Congress from even...

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