LABOR: Time for a Watchdog

The aura of corruption arising from the hearing room of the U.S. Senate committee investigating labor racketeering last week began to show profound effects within and upon U.S. organized labor. Since the aroma emanated mostly—so far—from Frank Brewster, head of the Western Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (see box), it was the Teamsters who felt the first and greatest impact.

Rank-and-file members of Brewster's own Seattle local won a court order for an independent audit of their books after telling the Superior Court that they feared a "very bad situation." At a Seattle warehousemen's meeting, not a single...

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