Americans are more out-of-date and ill- informed concerning the realities of the labor movement in the United States than they are in any other area of public interest. Fifty years ago, the picture of a labor union as a weak, idealistic organization of downtrodden workers struggling against an oppressive concentration of property power was often accurate. Any such picture of an established union today is not merely ridiculous; it is willfully or ignorantly untruthful.
Today the greatest concentrations of political and economic power in the United States of America are found--not in the over-regulated, over-criticized, over-investigated, and over-taxed business corporations--and certainly not in their hag-ridden, browbeaten, publicity-fearful managers. The greatest con-
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