LABOR: Meany the Meanie

The dispute had all the elements of a classic labor-management donnybrook. The workers' contract had expired months ago; bargaining was going nowhere. Finally the unions called an emergency meeting: the bosses were accused of unfair labor practices and a strike vote was scheduled. "Management," asserted one union firebrand, "is chicken to bargain in good faith."

All typical of contract negotiations that go on in hundreds of plants and offices across the U.S. every year. Except for one thing: this labor showdown happened to take place at the citadel of organized labor in...

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