Troubled in Citadel of Organized Labor
Crucial Autumn Meetings of Labor Federation
The combined labor federation brought into being nearly six years ago after long and difficult negotiations between the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations is threatened today by both internal and external challenges. Bitter jurisdictional conflicts between craft and industrial unions have been getting in the way of vigorous efforts to organize the unorganized, while friction among top A.F.L.-C.I.O. leaders has inevitably worked against fully effective functioning of the federation. In the meantime, the independent and aggressive International Brotherhood of Teamsters, led by James R. Hoffa, has shown ambitions to gather in members from all quarters and build a general labor organization to compete with the A.F.L.-C.I.O.
Affairs of the federation ...