The signs of rising anger and militancy among the 2,600 delegates who gathered in Montreal for the Canadian Labor Congress’s annual convention last week were clear. Frustrated by union-negotiated wage increases that have failed to keep pace with the inflation rate since the 1981-1982 recession, many rank-and-file members lashed out not only at their traditional foes—their employers and the federal government—but also against the leaders of the CLC itself.
Nobody ever said that it was going to be easy. Washington and Moscow first tried to reach agreement on a mutual 50-per-cent reduction in long-range nuclear weapons in time for the Ronald Reagan-Mikhail Gorbachev summit in Moscow in May, 1988.
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