Hoffa At Halftime

The Teamsters are players again, but problems persist

James P. Hoffa is almost a happy man. From his expansive office at the foot of Capitol Hill--the same third-floor lair his legendary father occupied in the 1950s and '60s--Hoffa can point to an impressive 15 months since becoming president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Flight attendants at Northwest Airlines Corp. just ratified a new contract by an overwhelming 68%. Arbitrators have forced United Parcel Service Inc. to honor a pledge to hire 10,000 new workers. President Clinton is keeping the U.S. closed to Mexican trucks despite NAFTA's call to open the border as of Jan. 1, 2000. And on June 21, George W. Bush, like Vice-President Al Gore before him, will seek the union's endorsement.

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