LABOR: Both Barrels

Almost alone among big U.S. corporations, Montgomery Ward fought off unions with unrelenting vigor. But when Louis Wolfson launched his attempt to take over the company, James R. Hoffa, rough, tough vice president of Dave Beck's A.F.L. Teamsters' Union, saw an opportunity to tighten the screws on aging Ward President Sewell Avery, who is desperately trying to hold onto control.

To Jimmy Hoffa, 41, pressure tactics is a way of life. In 1936 he quit a grocery clerk's job to start organizing for the Detroit teamsters' locals. With most of the area's teamsters...

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