Labor Revving Up For a Cleanup?

Prodded by racket busters, America's most notorious union is trucking toward democracy. But will the status quo win the day?

In a fitting stroke of symbolism, next week's Teamsters convention will take place in Orlando instead of its familiar site: Las Vegas -- the magic kingdom that was built illegally with the union's money. The Teamsters are putting on a new face. Even the workers at Disney World who walk around wearing Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck or Pluto costumes are card-carrying members of the International Brotherhood. More important, the union is at last cleaning up its act, thanks to the prodding of court-appointed officers who have forced dozens of Mob-connected officials out of the union.

The sweeping change is the...

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