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How the Loss of Union Power Has Hurt American Manufacturing

Published on Sunday, April 29, 2018

How the Loss of Union Power Has Hurt American Manufacturing

Nixon was hardly a union lover, but he recognized the still significant role of organized labor and lifted Peter J. Brennan, a house painter in his youth, from the leadership of the New York City Central Labor Council to the position of labor secretary. And Gerald Ford kept Mr. Brennan in place after Mr. Nixon resigned the presidency in 1974. Rather than oppose the Vietnam War, Mr. Brennan rallied blue-collar union workers to support it. Some even clashed in the streets with antiwar protesters, many of them students.

The United States’ involvement in Vietnam ended with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in 1973, and two years later Mr. Brennan returned to New York as president of the Construction Trades Council. After Mr. Brennan’s departure, President Ford appointed Bill Usery, a welder and machinist before becoming a top official in the International Association of Machinists, to be labor secretary. Mr. Usery remained in the post for six months, until President Jimmy Carter replaced him with F. Ray Marshall, a labor economist at the University of Texas in Austin.

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laustan.com

5/9/2018 2:01 AM

The destiny of six Democratic contender for the Will County Board rests with an Illinois redrafting court judge.

Gathering pioneers have bid decisions from the Will County Electoral Board and a Will County Circuit Court judge that kicked the applicants off the ticket.


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laustan

5/9/2018 2:03 AM

The destiny of six Democratic contender for the Will County Board rests with an Illinois redrafting court judge.

Gathering pioneers have bid decisions from the Will County Electoral Board and a Will County Circuit Court judge that kicked the applicants off the ticket.


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