Why would the new president of the teamsters union be invited to the White House one day before he was due in court for arraignment on federal charges? Answer: Roy Williams inherited the invitation from his predecessor, Frank Fitzsimmons, who passed on in May.
Williams has been indicted for attempting to bribe a US senator and is involved in several other legal investigations.
Said a White House liaison with organized labor: "We don't attempt to make judgments. A person is innocent until proven guilty."
The Teamsters supported Ronald Reagan for president. But enthusiasm has turned to disappointment, and the Teamsters have shown signs of perhaps joining other unions in an attack on administration policy.m
The new Republican majority in the US Senate wants the world to know what a great job its doing -at taxpayers' expense.
With $415,000 in public funds for staff salaries, the Senate Republican Conference has launched a public relations blitz about members' good deeds and opinions. The money is being used to shower editors and broadcasters around the country with announcements, speeches, and recorded messages.
Additional public sums are being used for self-promotion: printing, telephones, and free mailing privileges -all legal as long as it's not specific campaign activity.
"PR" for the Democrats is handledm by their senatoral campaign committeem which is fueled by campaign contributions.m
Some of the most militant pro-lifers are not too keen about the human life bill that fellow abortion fees are pushing.
The bill, which defines human life as being at the moment of conception, would open the door for states to outlaw abortion.
The National Pro-Life Political Action Committe complains that the bill threatens to slow down the momentum for a constitutional amendment banning abortion. The reason the committee prefers the amendment: It would prohibit abortions nationwide, while the human life bill would allow each state to set its own restrictions.
Anti-abortion forces have not yetm rounded up the necessary two thirdsm majority of Congress for an amend-m ment, however.m
There is entirely too much news coverage of the "Atlanta murders" to suit some top police officials working on the cases.
These investigators say the heavy coverage complicates the problem. As the toll mounted, with no arrests forthcoming, competition for fresh details became intense among reporters from around the world who were on the scene.
In the process, some information was published that police wish had not been -such as the finding of certain types of fibers on some of the victims. Use of electronic surveillance devices also was detailed.
News of such details only hetls the guilty party -or parties -to be more careful, police saym .
Candidate Reagan wouldn't address the national convention of the NAACP, President Reagan, apparently, will.
Reagan is said to be committed to speak to the group's annual gathering, scheduled for June 28-July 4 in Denver.
Last year, Reagan alienated many black voters by not accepting an NAACP invitation to speak to its convention in Miami Beach. He said he didn't learn of the invitation until "the last minute."
He sent an apology, however, and went on to address another key black organization. the National Urban League, at its national conference in New York.
If he returns for an encore -them Urban League meets July 19-22 in m Washington -he will be the first chiefm executive to formally address both civilm right groups in the same year.m
Imported autos aren't the only motor vehicles threatening the American market.
Tractors, it seems, are, too.
More than half of all tractors sold in the US last year were imports. A primary source: Japan. Japanese imports soared from 6,949 tractors in 1976 to 64 ,523 in 1979 a 28 percent share of the US market. Government figures show a further rise in in ports in 1980 to 88,000, with a total value of $629 million.
A frequent complaint: US manufacturersm have been slow to produce compactm models -a line abandoned in them 1950's and '60s. Small tractors broughtm from overseas represent at least one-m fourth of the US market.m
Looking at career options for the 80's?
Prospects are bright for a new special -book conservator. Books and manuscripts in libraries across the country need help. The high acid content in modern type of paper and the lighting, humidity, a temperature conditions in libraries are causing books and other written materials to deteriorate.
This fall Columbia University plans begin the first graduate program in the US to train people to rehabilitate and conserve books. But it will turn out only about 20 graduates a year. With increasing demand for conservation specialists experts see this as a real growth field.
Yearly salaries now start in the $15,000 to $20,000 range and progress rapidly from therem .