LABOR: On the Leash

Chunky, hard-boiled Teamster Czar Jimmy Hoffa has shown remarkable talents in recent months both for getting into trouble and for wriggling out. Jimmy's latest wriggle: in Washington last week, U.S. District Judge F. Dickinson Letts lifted his own injunction barring Hoffa from taking office as Teamster president. At the Teamsters' marble-and-glass palace in Washington, Jimmy's secretary promptly started greeting telephone callers with a cheery "President Hoffa's office." But Hoffa was a president on a leash, and the other end was held by Judge Letts.

The judge issued his injunction last October on complaint of 13 New York Teamsters who charged that...

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