National Affairs: Fourth Quarter

Last week for every automobile manufacturer but one, fourth-quarter production totals were well above the mark of a year ago (biggest gainer: Ford). Fourth-quarter sales were enormously up. The one whose production was down—to zero —was Chrysler Corp., beset for seven weeks by C.I.O. trouble.

At the start of the fracas, what Chrysler executives wanted was a satisfactory new contract with C.I.O.'s United Automobile Workers, whose old agreement had just expired. Chrysler bargained for the lowest possible wage increase, also hoped to defeat union demands for 1) all-union hiring in the corporation's plants;...

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