LABOR: Teeth for the Monitors

Cocksure in his position as boss of the nation's biggest, toughest union, President James Riddle Hoffa of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters cared not a nit about the 1958 order handed down by Washington's Federal District Judge F. Dickinson Letts. That order, arising from a suit against Hoffa by 13 rank-and-file Teamsters, placed the racket-ridden, goon-directed union under the supervision of a three-member board of court-appointed monitors. But Hoffa blithely declared that the monitors' recommendations were purely advisory, ignored them completely ("O.K., you've advised me; I reject your advice"), looked forward confidently to the day when Judge Letts's order...

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