LABOR: Dashaway Dave

From a transatlantic plane at London Airport last week strode Teamster Boss Dave Beck, ready for the question uppermost on the minds of newsmen: Had he left the U.S. to dodge the investigation by a special Senate committee into labor racketeering? Snapped beefy, truculent Beck, whose 1,400,000-member union will be the center of the probe: "Why should I dodge? I have nothing to hide."

For a man with nothing to hide, Boss Beck's recent behavior had been highly peculiar. Within the past three weeks he had: 1) declined, pleading illness, to appear before a Senate subcommittee investigating misuse of union funds;...

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