EYECATCHERS: Woodcock in '76

After the United Auto Workers' biennial convention in Los Angeles cli maxed last week, the 3,000 delegates crowded to the podium to congratulate Leonard Woodcock, 63, on his election to a third term as president of the powerful 1.4 million-member union. But the solidarity was deceptive: only 24 hours earlier, tempers had flared in a free-swinging floor debate over his reelection.

Woodcock, a reserved and owlish unionist, asked for a change in the U.A.W. constitution extending the terms of all officers from two years to three. That way, he can be sure...