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12/06/2004

Debate continues over the future of unions

Labor leaders speak of need to reverse decline, restore relevance

For most of the past century, the American labor movement was at the forefront of the country's economic, political and social battles - helping elect presidents, lifting millions of workers into the middle class and pushing for safer workplaces.

In recent years, as their influence steadily dwindled, union leaders have fended off criticism, maintaining that they were still a vital force and were doing as well as could be expected given factors beyond their control, such as the shipping of union jobs overseas.

The period of denial is officially over. (MORE>>>>)

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