National Affairs: Art of Negotiation II

After a mollifying and gratifying gesture from the U.A.W. last week, Henry Ford II came back with one of his own.

The union's Richard Leonard, to the surprise of almost everybody, answered Ford's demand for security against wildcat strikes (TIME, Nov. 26) with a counterproposal: any union work-stopper would be fined $3 a day ($5 for a second offense), provided similar penalties were imposed on company chieftains who deliberately provoked a stoppage.

For this sweetly reasonable gesture, the company thought the union was "certainly to be commended." But it went on to suggest that settlement of general wage increases be postponed until production...