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    :: Tuesday, May 03, 2005 ::

    LABOR'S LAST CHAMPION Book Review By RICHARD VIGILANTE, New York Post
    LANE KIRKLAND: Champion of American Labor
    By Arch Puddington
    Wiley, 352 pages, $30
    He rallied labor to fight against what he considered free-trade extremism and came shockingly close to stopping the North American Free Trade Agreement. Yet in the end he was able to do far less for American union members than he achieved for workers in Eastern Europe and Latin America.

    At the end of a great career he was hounded out of office by the anger, resentment and ignorance of lesser men who blamed him personally for the historic forces that rendered 20th century unions obsolete. After he left office the decline of private sector unions only accelerated under the stewardship of the men who had dismissed him.
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