LABOR: Beck's Bad Boy

At a Honolulu press conference last week, 61-year-old, keg-shaped Dave Beck, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, turned to a sport-shirted little man who was sitting silently by and barked: "Who runs this union, Jimmy?" Grinning ingenuously, James R. Hoffa, ninth vice president of the I.B.T. and most undisciplined of Beck's bad boys (TIME, March 19), jumped to his feet and replied: "You run it, Dave. The board meeting today certainly proved that."

Superficially, Hoffa's answer seemed no more than the truth. That afternoon, at a meeting of the I.B.T. general executive board in Honolulu's Princess Kaiulani Hotel, Beck...