Central Europe's Unions Start To Act Like Unions

Fourteen years ago, an eloquent electrician with a drooping mustache galvanized workers at Warsaw's Gdansk shipyards, prompting the beginning of the end of communist rule in Poland. That was Lech Walesa's Solidarity. Today in Poland when unionized steelworkers clang helmets on the pavement, coal miners carry coffins, or auto workers lay down their tools, the focus is more likely to be pocketbook issues: money and jobs.

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