LABOR: Jimmy Rides Again

Undaunted by explosive revelations of the McClellan committee investigations, unscathed by three recent court trials and small-bore insurgency in his organization, unabashed by proven connections with gangsters both in and out of his heavily muscled union, Teamster Boss James Riddle Hoffa bounced confidently into Washington last week and, with one single stroke of his fist, made the whole U.S. labor movement sit up and take notice.

Hoffa's fisty proposal: a conference, to be held next month, of leaders of some 50 transportation unions, whose membership runs to 3.5 million. His aim: confederation...