Crunch Time For Germany's Unions

German workers now earn more pay and benefits for less work than any others in the world. They can thank Franz Steink uhler for that. As the charismatic chairman of Germany's biggest labor union, the 3.3 million-member IG Metall, since 1986, he led the fight for a 35-hour week and higher wages. Battling employers in good times and compromising in bad, he was the epitome of the modern labor leader.

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