LABOR: Through Mahogany Doors

With a mob of newsmen, lawyers and top Teamster officials trailing behind, chunky James Riddle Hoffa breezed into the spacious, glass-paneled lobby of the A.F.L.-C.I.O.'s Washington headquarters and disappeared through a pair of bleached-mahogany doors. Behind him waddled watery-eyed Teamster President Dave Beck. Symbolic it was that Ninth Vice President Hoffa unceremoniously pushed in ahead of his nominal chief. Dave Beck, his power dwindled, is No. 1 Teamster in title only, and he is scheduled to give up even that title to Hoffa when the union's convention meets in Miami Beach Sept. 30. The real No. 1 is Jimmy...

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