THE BATTLE TO REVIVE U.S. UNIONS

AS THE AFL-CIO PREPARES TO ELECT A LEADER, A NEW MILITANCY IS TAKING HOLD IN AMERICA'S WORKPLACE

AS JOHN SWEENEY SAT IN HIS makeshift election headquarters at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City last week, he found himself in a rare position. The avowed rebel of American labor was counting his millions of admirers. Sweeney, 61, the insurgent candidate for president of the AFL-CIO, ticked off some of the army of unions whose support he is counting on: steelworkers, autoworkers, government workers, teamsters, machinists and, most recently, farm workers. His route to this point breaks all convention. Since the confederation known as the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations came together 40 years ago, its presidency...

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